Why Math at Radford?

Why study mathematics and statistics at Radford University?

Surveys have repeatedly shown that professional mathematicians, statisticians, and other related professions rate very highly in job satisfaction. (Although to be fair, these studies would have been conducted by people with strong backgrounds in mathematics and statistics, and so their results could be biased.) A strong background in math and stats demonstrates to potential employers in any field that you have the skills to understand and complex problems. As large data sets are popping in up in more and more disciplines, the ability to distill patterns from sets is increasingly important. Plus, math majors have written dozens of episodes of The Simpsons.

Radford graduates have used their studies in math and statistics to get jobs in a variety of industries and government agencies. Our majors teach math at high schools all across Virginia and beyond. Others have pursued further studies in graduate or professional schools in a variety of disciplines, not just math. 

All our math and stats classes at Radford are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Classes in the calculus sequence are capped at 25 students, and most our upper level math and stats classes are smaller, ensuring close interaction with our faculty members.

Many of our majors have the opportunity to develop these relationships with faculty members further through student research projects leading to journals articles or presentations at academic conferences. Our statistics majors also often have internships with companies in a variety of fields supervised by our faculty.