Math, Computer Science and Engineering Technologythe possibilities are endless
BGSU offers a multitude of majors to satisfy an interest in logic, numbers, abstracts or anything math. Mathematics, a dynamic and influential field of study, is used in human endeavors and is at the heart of such developments as data compression and encoding in telecommunications, genome mapping and CAT scans in medicine, theory and algorithms in computers, computer trading options in finance, rate-setting in insurance, climate modeling in weather forecasting and computer-aided design in car and airplane designs.
Our dedicated faculty in each of the mathematics-based majors–including mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, business analytics and intelligence, information systems auditing and control, and computer science introduce students to new ways of thinking and developing discipline in reasoning carefully and expressing thoughts through problem solutions or carefully written arguments.
In our engineering technology programs–which include specializations in aviation engineering technology, aviation management and operations, aviation flight technology and operations, electro-mechanical systems technology, electronics and computer technology and mechanical design–you can combine technical and mathematical knowledge with hands-on skills and applications. You will learn to analyze, design and create prototypes. The visual communication technology (VCT) major is a cross-media program for students who are interested in creative and technical problem-solving involving print, photography, video and interactive media.
Most of our math-based majors have accompanying student organizations that are active and beneficial for networking with professionals and students who have similar interests. It is possible for students to earn a limited number of graduate credits during the senior year and complete a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics in one year beyond the bachelor’s degree.
As an engineering technology major, you will complete two or three work co-ops, and be able to begin your career immediately upon graduation. If you choose aviation studies you will have the opportunity to earn ratings and certificates for single- and multi-engine aircraft: private, commercial, multi-engine, instrument and flight instructor ratings. You also can train in a state-of-the-art glass-cockpit aircraft. With high numbers of expected professional retirements over the next 10 years, students interested in an aviation career will have incredible opportunities. BGSU is only one of two collegiate aviation programs in the U.S. with an airport on campus, providing you with an aviation education experience like no other.
Banking and insurance are among the largest employers of mathematics graduates. Statisticians frequently find work in government or industry to collect data and forecast events and conditions of interest to decision makers. Many math graduates decide to share their interests by becoming educators at the elementary, secondary or collegiate level.
Computer science graduates become systems analysts, software designers, applications programmers and technology support specialists.
Engineering technologists often work in manufacturing, process control, mechatronics, testing or sales. Aviation studies graduates may pursue careers as professional pilots, airport managers or project managers with companies that manufacture or maintain aviation components.
- James Bailey ’60, retired executive vice president of Citibank
- Julie Callens ’89, first officer for United Airlines, and an active volunteer for United’s Fantasy Flights
- Shantanu Narayen ’86, president and CEO of Adobe Systems Inc.
- Randolph Rowe ’85, director of integrated supply chain, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company