Mathematics, B.A.

Mathematics is about conceptualizing and solving abstract problems. These skills are more crucial than ever in our continually changing and increasingly complex world.

Through a rigorous curriculum, students learn to conceptualize problems and explore the art and beauty of rational reasoning and discourse.

With the support of faculty and a variety of opportunities both in and out of the classroom, students will develop basic analytical skills and sharpen their ability to think logically, work with abstract ideas and recognize patterns and structures.

Close-Knit Community

Your experience begins with the foundation of the department—our professors—who care about your success. They’re as passionate about mentoring as they are teaching. Because class sizes are small, professors will know you by name and can work with you one-on-one. With a wide variety of department activities such as Math Club, national and international mathematical contests, a lively speaker series and student research opportunities, we build strong relationships between faculty and students and among students in our program.

Hands-on Learning

Our students are actively involved in their learning and have done everything from building math models of zebrafish brains to creating two supercomputers to designing and running activities for K-12 students at the annual local Math Fair.

Students also have a chance to reinforce what they’ve learned (and have fun doing it!)  through various activities and competitions. For the national math modeling contest, for example, students spend a weekend together working on a problem that addresses broad issues (such as sustainable energy or political stability). And every year, all math students are invited to participate in the State of Jefferson Mathematics Congress. This weekend camping trip brings mathematics students and faculty together from Humboldt and other universities in the region to share math, meals, and a campfire.

After Graduation 

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

It’s a question students often ask, which is why we’ve made career advising a cornerstone of our program and encourage them to start thinking about their future. Through advising, activities, and courses, we help students understand the versatility of a math degree and explore vast career options.

We focus on the job search process, as well. One course covers resume writing and includes a mock interview. It also connects every student with an alumni mentor. Other alumni visit Humboldt to talk about what they do now and how they use math in their careers.

In the end, students leave our program with more than a degree. They’re equipped to think critically and analytically, making them competitive in the workforce and prepared to pursue a higher degree.


Academics & Options

Mathematics students at Cal Poly Humboldt find an active and supportive atmosphere that provides preparation for mathematics-related careers and mentorship for graduate studies. The department offers a variety of scholarships (need-based and merit-based) for mathematics majors at every level and including transfer students. Students have access to several campus computer labs including one dedicated to mathematical applications. 

Courses in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, computer programming, analysis and statistics comprise the program’s core. Cal Poly Humboldt offers several computer laboratories with a variety of computers, including mainframe, mini, and microcomputers.

We’re a lively, student-centered program that’s distinguished for fostering future scholars, our work in math education, and expertise in the application of mathematical principles to environmental sciences.


About the Degree

B.A. in Mathematics

Prepares students with competence in and fundamental understanding of the discipline of mathematics and fluency in the mathematical language.

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Minors

Minors in Mathematics are created on an individual basis between the student and the department chair. The Applied Statistics minor provides broad statistical knowledge and skills to research and how to manage problems in a wide variety of disciplines. The introductory, intermediate, and topics courses include computer laboratory sessions where students learn to use statistical software.

Catalog Information

Careers

Mathematics majors may enter the workforce in a wide variety of positions. Potential careers include: 

  • mathematics consultant
  • statistician
  • computer programmer
  • actuary
  • mathematician
  • systems analyst
  • statistics methods analyst
  • financial investment analyst
  • economic analyst
  • teacher
  • demographer

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to both current Humboldt students and new Freshman or transfer students. 

Find a Scholarship

Learn. Connect.
Have Fun!

From contests to camping, here are some of the ways our students are getting involved:

Math Club (The Natural Loggers): An inclusive community of math lovers.

State of Jefferson Mathematics Congress: Informal weekend camping trips designed to bring student and faculty mathematicians from the region together to discuss current ideas on mathematics, applications, and curricular directions.

Kieval Lecture Series
: The annual speaker series of eminent mathematicians who address broad aspects of the discipline. 

More ways to get involved