With a mathematics degree from Coker, you can turn your natural gift for numbers into a rewarding career in one of many growing fields.

Coker’s unique, discussion-based round-table learning philosophy ensures that you’ll have interactive and engaging coursework that challenges you to think creatively and develop your logical reasoning skills. But our curriculum is also designed around the importance of practical experience, meaning that opportunities for research, independent studies, and internships abound. Plus, with the help of knowledgeable and dedicated professors, you have the option to explore topics beyond what’s typically covered in the classroom—our program allows you to tailor your coursework and research to align with your personal interests and career goals.


As a mathematics major at Coker, you will study everything—from ancient cuneiform to the latest mathematical discoveries, from concrete equations to abstract theorems. You will take traditional calculus courses, study logic and proofs, learn applications of linear algebra and take upper-level classes in computational methods and differential equations. You’ll also spend at least three semesters participating in active research (not to mention opportunities for independent studies, internships, and additional research projects). It’s a challenging program, but the wide variety of subjects provides a comprehensive education that will prepare you to tackle both real world and theoretical problems through creative and logical reasoning.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for mathematicians are growing—employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. But a mathematics degree could open up even more career paths than you think. Math skills are applicable to an incredibly wide range of careers, from banking to accounting to business to technical writing. On an even broader scale, mathematics students have particularly strong logical thinking and reasoning abilities that are valuable in any job.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your mathematics degree:

  • Actuary
  • Estimator
  • Mathematician
  • Appraiser
  • External Auditor
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Bank Examiner
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Financial Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Production Manager
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Foreign-Exchange Trader
  • Psychometrist
  • Commodities Trader
  • Information Scientist
  • Purchasing Agent/Buyer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Contract Administrator
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Securities Broker
  • Controller
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Cost Estimator
  • Investment Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Credit/Loan Officer
  • Investment Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Cryptologist
  • IRS Investigator
  • Technical Writer
  • Data Base Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Treasurer
  • EDP Auditor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Trust Analyst
  • Engineering Analyst
  • Mathematical Technician
  • Underwriter
Paul F. Dostert

Paul F. Dostert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Coordinator of the Mathematics Program

Valerie Granger

Valerie Granger

Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Director of the Quantitative Literacy Center

Rachel Manspeaker

Rachel Manspeaker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Coordinator of the Mathematics Education Program

Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

James Sweeney

James Sweeney, Ph.D.

Special Instructor in Mathematics

Betty B. Williams

Betty B. Williams, B.A.

Director of Student Financial Planning

Bogdan Zavalnij

Bogdan Zavalnij, Ph.D.

Fulbright Scholar