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Actuarial Science

Actuarial science is all about risk. Risk is basically the possibility that something undesirable will happen. Actuaries use considerable mathematical training as well as knowledge of business and human behavior to reduce risk associated with things like health and life insurance. Actuarial science is consistently rated among the top careers by many reputable sources, due to its favorable work environment, employment outlook, high income, and other similar factors. Starting salaries for actuaries typically range from $48,000 to $65,000, climbing well into the six figure range depending on years of experience and number of actuarial exams passed. The first of these exams is a highly mathematical probability and statistics exam requiring the following mathematics courses offered at Kansas Wesleyan:

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (calculus-based)

Biostatistics

Biostatisticians are often PhD-educated statisticians who focus on health-related fields. They are instrumental in many functions essential to medicine and pharmacy such as clinical trials. Biostatisticians are indispensible for such tasks due to their much sought-after advanced statistics knowledge. They find themselves working in any number of places, from large pharmaceutical companies to statistics departments in higher education, where they work as professors and consultants on various health-related industrial projects. The job outlook for biostatisticians is quite promising due to continued growth in the pharmaceutical industry. According to the bureau of labor statistics, the median annual salary for statisticians was $72,610 in 2008, with the top 10 percent earning in excess of $117,190. An undergraduate degree in mathematics is essential to successful completion of a graduate program in statistics or biostatistics.

Secondary Mathematics Education

Kansas Wesleyan offers a mathematically rigorous course sequence as well as an outstanding teacher education program for students interested in secondary mathematics education. Well-trained high school mathematics teachers are in high demand, affording workers in this field a high level of job security. In many ways, the working conditions of secondary education are almost unparalleled: teachers get to do something they love, while having ample time for family due to semester and summer breaks. Employment in secondary education should follow the average growth rate for all occupations. However, secondary teachers in high demand subjects like mathematics may enjoy better than average job growth.

Higher Education: Pure and Applied Math

The mathematics course offerings and research opportunities at Kansas Wesleyan provide those students interested in “math for its own sake” solid preparation for graduate study. Our curriculum is taught in an accessible manner without sacrificing a high level of rigor. The patient and careful help and guidance, given directly by PhD-level faculty members and peer tutors alike, fosters a friendly, nonthreatening environment in which mathematics students can thrive. Talented and dedicated students will find everything they need at Kansas Wesleyan for success in life-long research.

Physics Career Information

Higher education (teaching and research)

Industrial research

Government and military research

Preparation for advanced degrees