Bismarck State College offers courses for students majoring in mathematics, math education and computer science. The program also serves students majoring in engineering, business and the physical and biological sciences. Instruction focuses on analysis, problem solving and real-life application of mathematical principles. Curriculum addresses both theoretical and applied mathematics. Most mathematics courses require use of graphics calculators and/or computer software. Other core courses are university physics and probability statistics.
Those planning a career in mathematics must have good reasoning ability, persistence and the ability to apply basic principles to new problems. Mathematicians should be good communicators because they often discuss problems with non-mathematicians. High school students should study as much math as possible and develop a strong background in science. Foreign language study can be helpful.
Completion of the suggested mathematics curriculum leads to an Associate in Science degree.
BSC has cooperative agreements with North Dakota University System universities as well as several other private and public colleges and universities to facilitate transfer for students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University allow students to earn selected bachelor's degrees while staying on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC's suggested curriculum where necessary.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Many mathematicians work in communications, technology, data processing, insurance, technical consulting, chemical and pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, physics, aircraft manufacturing and development, engineering, astronomy, and space exploration. They also teach in colleges and universities and do research and development in any industry.
Career possibilities: computer programmer, computer software engineer, systems analyst, market research analyst, economist, financial analyst-advisor, statistician, tax administrator, actuary, teacher.