Introducing MBU’s Newest Major: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Maranatha Baptist University is pleased to announce a new Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a program scheduled to launch this fall.

It would be difficult to overstate the value of mathematics in the world as we know it. It is a key element in organizations and industries. Its myriad of applications affects chemistry, engineering, economics, business, accounting, geography, architecture, commerce, medicine, science, technology, and even agriculture.

This new major aims to provide undergraduate students with a strong foundation in a variety of mathematics topics, preparing them to be leaders in their subsequent career endeavors or in potential further mathematical studies.

MBU board member and alumnus Dr. Jesse Sherburn claims the math instruction he received at Maranatha was “crucial” to his post-graduate pursuit of a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Without it, he says, “I would not have been able to seamlessly transfer into a graduate-level engineering program, especially since I did not have an undergraduate degree in engineering.” Sherburn particularly notes the flexibility of a mathematics major which can lead to a variety of career paths. “Math majors develop adaptable analytical skills,” he explains, “that can be highly useful for these organizations. A math major can also be a gateway degree into graduate studies. I have personally known people to major in math and go into medical school, engineering, business, computer science, and of course, mathematics. My organization, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, routinely hires math majors to do research critical for the Department of Defense, and I know of many other government organizations that would readily hire somebody with a math degree.“

MBU professor of mathematics, Dr. Jodi Herbert enthusiastically embraces the new major saying, “Mathematics is an exciting discipline to study, because the more you learn, the more you see how beautiful the patterns, connections, and structures in math are, while also becoming better equipped to solve problems in a variety of practical areas. Academic leadership designed the new program with flexibility for students in mind. We want our students to be able to use the math skills they learn here to solve problems in whatever field they are passionate about.”