Undergraduate Major

Mathematics Major (BS)

Cultivate abstract thinking and problem-solving skills when you major in mathematics. You'll receive individualized attention from innovative professors as you pursue a track that best fits your career goals.

Mathematics Student

Program Overview

Studying mathematics requires you to think critically, logically, and creatively to solve problems. At Widener, you'll develop all these skills through career-specific learning opportunities.

Small classes allow you to receive individualized attention from faculty who care about your personal and professional goals. They'll help you persevere as you tackle advanced pure and applied mathematical problems.

Beyond the classroom, you'll have opportunities to engage in meaningful research projects that build powerful skills to bring with you into the workplace. Combined with internship opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond, you'll constantly be applying your knowledge to practical, real-world experiences.

Customize your curriculum by choosing one of three tracks that's right for your career goals. When you graduate, you won't just start your career—you'll continue the work you've been doing all along. 

Program Options

Students have the option to pursue three tracks within the mathematics major. 

Traditional Mathematics Track

Recommended for students considering graduate study, this option includes instruction in algebra, analysis, geometry, and statistics. This track offers sufficient flexibility for you to pursue a minor in a second area such as physics or economics.

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Secondary Education Mathematics Track

This option includes the mathematics and education courses necessary for certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level.

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Mathematics & Computer Science Track

This option is recommended for students interested in applying the abstract and logical ideas of mathematics to the practical area of computer science.

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Widener's pre-professional pathways give you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career. 

Mathematics majors can participate in the following pathways:

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Students majoring in mathematics can obtain secondary certification in mathematics by completing the secondary education track. Students must also follow the instructions and requirements in the Center for Education section. Students may seek certification in more than one field; however, this usually requires more than eight semesters. Students who wish to become certified in more than one area should work closely with their faculty advisor when planning course schedules.

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Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

Program Highlights

Individualized Attention

Your classes won't be taught by graduate students but by professors in small classes that seek to create a supportive learning community. From a core curriculum in differential and integral calculus, you'll then have the flexibility to explore topics of your choice in upper-level courses, and add a double major or minor.

Leadership Opportunities

Solidify your own learning by tutoring others in our Math Center. You'll develop interpersonal and leadership skills guiding your fellow students through their mathematics courses. Take those experiences out into the world when you attend conferences like the Mathematical Association of America meetings and network with professionals in your field. 

State-of-the-Art Technology

From the use of online homework systems such as MyLab in introductory classes to complex computer algebra systems like Mathematica in upper-division study, you'll gain fluency on the professional-grade software used in the field.

Faculty

Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback. Get to know our mathematics faculty.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

With a deep understanding of pure and applied mathematics along with highly-developed problem-solving skills, you'll be prepared for a fast start and long-term career success with a mathematics degree from Widener.

Outlooks & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Banking
  • Actuarial science
  • Government security
  • Engineering
  • Economics

Industry Growth

Job outlook for math occupations is projected to grow 28% by 2030 as businesses and government agencies continue to develop their data analytics programs.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Take the Next Steps

Apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

Get in Touch

Those interested in the traditional mathematics track or the math and computer science track should contact the mathematics department directly. Those interested in math secondary education track should contact Dr. Dana Olanoff.