Mathematics Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here are some current positions held by math alumni:

  • Statistician
  • Math Teacher
  • Senior Programmer
  • Director of Finance
  • Research Analyst
  • Conservationist
  • Actuary
  • Financial Aid Assistant Director
  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Education Administrator
  • Pension Consultant
  • Program Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Web Developer
  • Mechanical Engineer


Mathematicians share common characteristics: they think abstractly and intuitively. They are able to represent information and ideas in an orderly, logical manner. They like puzzles – analyzing the problem, backing off, toying with it in their mind and then resolving the puzzle creatively. Perhaps you share some of these characteristics. If so, then a study of mathematics could be both fun and rewarding.

Today, in an increasingly global economy, mathematical skills are important – not only in scientific research, engineering and computer science, but also in finance, government and industrial quality control. Mathematics is the language of a technological world.

At GC the study of mathematics is framed within the context of a Christian liberal arts environment that fosters critical and innovative thinking, promotes ethical awareness, views all disciplines as inter-disciplinary, develops an openness to other people and ideas, and prepares persons for a life of continued personal growth, development and learning.

About the Coursework

Goshen College’s mathematics program is designed to develop your ability to solve problems, make inferences, develop abstractions, analyze logically, model the real world, and use computer software. Topics of study include calculus, logic, linear algebra, modeling, probability, statistics, abstract algebra and real analysis. The program is flexible; you may specialize in pure mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematics education.

At GC you will be taught by experts in a variety of classroom, laboratory, independent study, and internship settings.

The mathematics major involves about one-third of your total course work. Another third is made up of required general education courses, and the remaining third by electives, courses you choose to take. If you plan to teach high school mathematics, you will also take teacher education courses.

Possible courses include:

  • Advanced Game Theory
  • Biomathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Problem Solving Seminar
  • Modern Geometry
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Programming

For a full list of requirements and courses, refer to the course catalog.

Teacher certification in mathematics is available for grades 5-12. Visit the education department’s web site for more information.

Possible Career Paths

Graduates with mathematics majors are currently working in education, administration, computer technology, insurance, statistics, overseas development, mass communication, and engineering.

The list below provides several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Actuary
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Astronomer
  • Biostatistician
  • Banking/Credit Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Commercial Litigation Attorney
  • Compensation/Benefits Admin.
  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Scientist
  • Cost Estimator
  • Cryptographer/Cryptologist
  • Database Administrator
  • Demographer
  • Director of Finance
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Inventory Control Spec.
  • Loan/Credit Officer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Mathematics Editor
  • Methods & Systems Analyst
  • Modeling & Simulation Analyst
  • Mortgage Researcher
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Operations Research Manager
  • Physicist
  • Production Manager
  • Programmer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Quantitative Research Consultant
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research & Dev. Project Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk & Insurance Specialist
  • Robotics Programmer
  • Software Designer/Developer
  • Statistician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook: