Mathematics and Statistics at SIUE
How does a statistician design an experiment to test a new drug? What is an efficient algorithm to solve a differential equation, and when does it work? How do you determine a fair price for an annuity? Given a complex network of nodes and edges, what is the shortest path from one vertex to another? How can you teach problem solving in a diverse high school classroom?
These are only some of the questions to be explored in our five undergraduate study options in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In the College of Arts and Sciences at SIUE, we have a faculty-to-undergraduate major student ratio of five to one, so our students receive personalized attention from faculty recognized for outstanding teaching and excellent research.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in mathematical studies
- Bachelor of Science in mathematical studies
Professionals holding positions in the mathematics field as mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries consistently rank their careers at the top of surveys on job satisfaction and security. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook in these fields remains strong, and growth is projected at 25 percent over the next 10 years. While salaries vary by field, employment type and education level, the median national salary for an actuary is approximately $93,000, the median national salary for a mathematician is approximately $101,000 and the median national salary for a statistician is $75,000.
Most professionals in the field of mathematics will hold a master’s or doctoral degree, and our students are no exception. Our graduates have attended PhD programs at Indiana University, Texas A&M, St. Louis University, the University of Missouri, and many others. Students from SIUE are employed in government and corporate organizations, and hold positions with Horace Mann, Juggle, Centene, Delta Dental, Boeing, United States governmental agencies, and several others.