Major & Minor


Mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. At its core, mathematics is a quest for absolutes, definitive solutions, and answers.

Professor teaching Advanced Math

About the Mathematics Major

Develop your abstract reasoning capabilities, strong problem-solving skills, and the creative thinking abilities to be successful wherever you take your talents. As society becomes more technologically based, gain knowledge and critical experience for your career through a diversity of topics and versatility of knowledge gained in a liberal arts environment.

Often, many Southern Virginia University students choose mathematics as an additional major or minor to more greatly develop their abstract reasoning capabilities in preparation for graduate school—especially within the highly mathematical science fields like biochemistry.

Overall, our math majors enjoy close relationships with their professors and classmates and have multiple opportunities for involvement, including attending James Madison University’s yearly math conference SUMS and joining the invigorating Math Club on campus.

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Mathematics major:

  1. Competently work with the concepts of calculus, differential equations, geometry, analysis, algebra, and statistics.
  2. Learn to read, understand, analyze, and produce proofs at increasing depth. Use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding, solve mathematical problems, and judge the reasonableness of results.
  3. Exhibit knowledge of formulating and solving problems, interpreting solutions, and modeling techniques central to applications of mathematics.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate mathematics and other quantitative ideas in written and oral forms.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide array of potential careers with a mathematics degree, including jobs in statistics, law, engineering, research, and more depending on your personal and professional goals. Learn where a career in mathematics can take you.

  • Mathematician
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Economist
  • Market Researcher
  • Data Analysis
  • Actuarial Analyst

Getting Started in the Mathematics Major

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Mathematics Major today.


Begin by taking Calculus (MAT 241/242) in your first year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New tab, Open Bio for: Professor Thomas Bell to discuss your interests and goals


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Major Form to the Registrar’s Office

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Mathematics Faculty

Professor Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Associate Professor of Mathematics; Mathematics Program Coordinator

Professor Doug Cheney

Doug Cheney

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Professor Jared Mcbride

Jared McBride

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

“Studying mathematics within a liberal arts environment greatly enhances any career or field of study one may pursue, as math is present in almost everything. Students in the math program develop personal and professional relationships with their peers and professors both in and outside of the classroom that last beyond graduation.”

—Thomas Bell, Associate Professor of Mathematics