Why Study at JCSU?

If you're driving and the car in front of you suddenly stops, how far away will you have to brake to keep from hitting the other car? How much would texting while driving increase your risk?

As a math major at JCSU, you’ll learn how to figure out the answer to this and other real-world questions in classes that prepare you for a career in a variety of fields.

Where else can you learn how math is used in art and fashion? Or how it’s applied to more than just counting measures in music?

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that math is only about crunching numbers and solving equations. Our classes emphasize problem-based learning to let you think creatively to answer questions that come up in everyday life.

To further help you realize your career options, our department frequently brings in experts from different industries who use applied mathematics daily. These professionals come from industries like:

  • Interior design
  • Banking
  • Architecture
  • Economics and finance

The blend of creativity and logical thinking is a winning combination in the workplace for math majors. According to a Wall Street Journal report, math grads see the highest increase in salary from their first job to when they’ve reached the midpoint of their career.

Students with a strong background in math are in high demand, and there’s no shortage of jobs you can pursue after graduation.

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Not only have our math majors participated in undergraduate research, they’ve presented their findings at professional conferences.

  • One student presented her research topic, “Chord Recognition through Wavelet Analysis,” at the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Fourth Annual Symposium.

  • “The Planning Distribution of Emergency Supplies” was presented by another JCSU student at the National Association of Mathematicians Undergraduate MATHFest.

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

JCSU has obtained a significant amount of funding from the National Science Foundation to help recruit, retain and graduate minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Through our grant-funded programs — HBCU-UP and OASIS — we have graduated more African-American students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) than the national average. These programs are available to all STEM majors, free of charge.


HBCU-UP promotes student achievement. With HBCU-Up, you’ll have access to:

  • Tutoring
  • Student research opportunities
  • Access to visiting scientists
  • Financial assistance for travel to professional meetings and conferences


Through our One-stop Academic Student Integrated System (OASIS), we work with you throughout your entire education to make sure you succeed in the classroom and are prepared for the workforce after graduation.

With the help of our “academic success coaches,” you’ll stay on track to graduate through free:

  • Tutoring with peer mentors
  • Help with time management
  • Course scheduling
  • Assistance to improve your study habits

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

The Pi Mu Epsilon honor society allows our students to interact with their classmates and become heavily involved with campus activities like Homecoming — not just those related to math.

Not only will you have the chance to get involved on campus, you’ll also be able to get to know your math professors better outside of the classroom.

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1155.