## 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

#### Morgan Gast ’19

Hometown: Georgetown, Ohio

Morgan enrolled at Maryville College as a Scots Science Scholar and declared a biochemistry major early. As a freshman, she began a grant-funded project with another student that would lead to a genetically engineered antibody. But in math courses, Morgan realized that she had a deep passion for the study that ultimately led her to change her major. “I chose math because it is methodical and complex, and it forces you to develop critical thinking skills that are invaluable in all aspects of life,” she said.

After graduating from MC, she hopes to go on to graduate school for business analytics or accounting, ultimately making her way back to academia after gaining experience in the workforce.