Math and future careers
For example, degrees in the following areas require good knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics:
- the physical sciences (like Chemistry, Physics, Engineering),
- the life and health sciences (like Biology, Psychology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Optometry),
- the social sciences (including Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Linguistics, Education, Geography)
- the tech sciences (like Computer Science, Networking, Software development),
- Business and Commerce,
- Actuarial science (used by insurance companies)
Indeed, there are cultural differences and challenges. In the university setting students are treated as adults who are responsible for their own welfare and course work. Normally, students take 5 courses per semester so as to complete the degree requirements in 4 years (which are normally 120 credits, though some degrees have more). However, help is available in terms of tutorials, support from the Learning Skills Center, office hours, and collaboration with fellow students. Our faculty have a proven record of being helpful and supportive of their students (something which we often hear rumored by our students).
4. The many uses of mathematics in the university setting.
The answer to question 1 shows just how pervasive Mathematics is in the university and in the many other degrees that UNBC offers. Mathematics courses are required for students who want to major in the following areas: Business, Marketing, Finance, Commerce, Biology, Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Psychology, Nursing, Health and Human Sciences.
Students are encouraged to give serious attention to their future. The career world is competitive. The competition and the opportunities in the career world become a serious problem for students if they do not do well in Mathematics, because then they are excluding themselves from the many career paths that need Mathematics. We therefore exhort all our high school students to take matters in their own hands, to study hard, achieve a level of excellence, and take such a fundamental discipline like Mathematics seriously if they think they may go into any of the Physical, Social, Health Sciences, Business, Medicine, or related areas.