With the support of faculty and opportunities to apply your knowledge, you’ll learn how to conceptualize problems and develop the analytical skills to construct solutions. You'll also sharpen your ability to think logically, work with abstract concepts, and communicate effectively.

### Degree Options

The deparment of Mathematics offers two degree paths, a Mathematics bachelors and a Data Science bachelors.

### Mathematics, B.A.

The curriculum is rigorous yet flexible to help you develop basic analytical skills and sharpen your ability to think logically, work with abstract ideas, and recognize patterns and structures. Whether through coursework or extracurricular activities, students learn to apply abstract mathematical concepts to real-life situations while building practical skills that will prepare them for graduate school and a variety of careers.

**There are three paths to getting a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. **

### Data Science, B.S.

Data scientists gather and investigate data and extract meaningful insights and hidden trends. They also use machine learning algorithms to build predictive models which have a wide range of applications, from TikTok recommendations to predicting the next COVID variant to surge. At Cal Poly Humboldt, we are particularly passionate about “Data for Good” and believe Data Science can help solve many challenges addressing our society from housing inequity to climate change.

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A Data Engineer is a subset of Software Engineer that deals with the backend systems and data aggregation. Working either in the IT department to keep the systems working, or with Data Scientist to deploy models, or on actual products to validate the data flows quickly and correctly.

### Career Options

#### Mathematics, B.A.

Mathematics students hone their ability to think critically, becoming thoughtful about what they state and what they prove. These skills are crucial, especially in a world of endless information and big data. Knowing how to analyze and solve problems prepares for a variety of fields, from accounting to zoology in public and private sectors.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with a Mathematics degree (some fields may require additional education):

- Mathematician
- Data analyst
- Mathematics instructor or teacher
- Business analyst
- Financial analyst

#### Data Science, BS.

Data science methodologies build skills and knowledge that are being applied to nearly every field in natural and social sciences and the humanities. The Data Science program provides a pathway for students to prepare for a growing number of data-rich professions.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with a Data Science degree (some fields may require additional education):

- Data Analyst
- Data Manager
- Data Analytics Project Manager
- Risk Analytics
- Data Researcher
- Data Scientist

‘Humboldt math graduates also compete well for entrance to graduate schools and have pursued advanced degrees at more than 43 different universities. Humboldt is ranked first in the nation by the National Science Foundation among non-Ph.D. granting institutions for sending students on to doctoral programs and 5th among all universities in the nation.