## Why study Mathematics at MC?

Mathematics is the language of science, technology and engineering and, in a technology-driven society that is generating billions of pieces of data every day, it is also the language of business and communication. Learning about mathematics teaches you to develop logical arguments and solve problems, essential skills for a wide variety of careers. While those who work in jobs requiring mathematical skill earn high salaries and report great job satisfaction, there aren't enough college graduates with those skills to meet the demand.

Mathematicians work in fields from finance and insurance, to business analytics, biotechnology and national security. We analyze market data for large corporations, develop climate models to predict environmental changes, improve internet search engines and social media, design clinical trials with medical researchers, attack cryptographic problems for the National Security Agency, and develop better airline security systems.

At Maryville College, mathematics majors explore topics in pure and applied mathematics, including statistics, computer science and physics. The quantitative abilities they develop are complemented by the liberal arts core, resulting in well-rounded students with a marketable mix of skills. Our majors enjoy small class sizes and close relationships with their professors and are participating in competitive summer research programs at Oak Ridge National Lab and around the country. If you enjoy mathematics and are excited about the wide range of career opportunities for people with these skills, we'd love to have you join us!

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

##### External Relationships

ORAU

United Way of Blount County

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

University of Tennessee College of Engineering

Auburn University College of Engineering

Tennessee Technological University College of Engineering

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

## Meet a current student

#### Lucas Koch ’20

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.

Luke chose Maryville College because of its small class sizes and academic reputation. He said he chose math “because it is the language in which the universe was written. All other fields of study stem from it. I especially enjoy programming

because it gives humanity a way to try and replicate the beauty of math in a simulated environment.” He recently completed a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Oak Ridge National Lab, where he did research on the intersection of static binary instrumentation, adversarial machine learning and malware detection evasion. After graduation, he hopes to go on to graduate school for cybersecurity, followed by a career doing research in that field.