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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers numerous scholarships, including the Kinzer Scholarship, Greene Scholarship and Shermoen and McAdam Scholarship, to help ease your financial burden.

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Washburn Mathematics and Statistics: Be Your Best Self

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The Mathematics and Statistics Department at Washburn is far more than numbers. When you earn a degree in this field, you will be prepared for a career in a number of pathways. 

With a degree in these disciplines, you can work in traditional fields such as accounting, finance and banking, as well as actuarial science (the evaluation of financial risk), statistics, academia and engineering.

Individuals with a mathematics or statistics degrees also work in such fields as professional athletics, where analyzing numbers can make a big difference in wins and losses.

Why you should choose our department

  • It's all about you: Pardon the pun, but you're not just a number at Washburn. Because of Washburn's small classroom sizes (A 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio), you will develop relationships with professors whose No. 1 priority is you, the student.
  • Your options during college: Washburn offers degrees in Pure Mathematics, Mathematics Secondary Education and Actuarial Science, as well as a minor in Mathematics and an Associate of Arts.
  • Your options after college: Our program will prepare you for a career as an actuary, applied mathematician, statistician, engineer, teacher and much more. Our alumni work at such businesses as Security Benefit and Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as for government entities and in public schools.
  • Scholarships: The department offers several scholarships to help you pay for college. In addition, Washburn has robust financial aid, including scholarships.
  • Tutoring: The Harlan J. Koca Mathematics Enrichment Program Center in Morgan Hall provides free tutoring for several courses.

Success story: Be Like Brian

As a high school student in Cheney, Kansas, Brian Oxendine knew he wanted to pursue a career in actuarial science. Once he heard about the program from a Washburn alumna, his choice for college was an easy one.

"My calculus teacher's twin sister went to Washburn and came to our high school to visit her class and told me about the school," said Oxendine, who received a Bachelor's in Actuarial Science in 2014. "It seemed like a wonderful opportunity to pursue a career in the field."

Oxendine enrolled at Washburn partly because the University has the only actuarial science program in the state recognized by the Society of Actuaries as an advanced undergraduate degree.

"The education I received here  helped to prepare me to get through the exams you need to take in this field," he said. "The program really helped to solidify my understanding of some of the material for the exams, especially the first two you have to take. The classes even helped on the third and fourth exams, which I was able to take here at Washburn because of my education."

Oxendine, now a senior actuarial associate at Security Benefit, credited the small classroom sizes and professors at Washburn for jump-starting his career.

"The math education you receive at Washburn is so important," he said. "The professors are great, and you get all the one-on-one experience you need with them. It's a great place to go to college."

Oxendine also valued the time he spent living on campus, as well as the scholarship he received through the Mathematics and Statistics department.

"Living on campus was a great experience. I met a lot of new people, some of whom are my friends to this day. You can really grow living on campus," he said. "The scholarship I received really helped. I did not have as much a financial burden while going to college because of the scholarship.

Degree Offerings

Washburn offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. There are three specialities:

  • Pure Mathematics: You will be prepared for a career in such fields as finance, economics, engineering, life sciences and more. You also will be prepared to further your study in graduate school, if you choose to do so.
  • Mathematics Secondary Education: You will be prepared to teach mathematics in grades 6 to 12.
  • Actuarial Science: You will be prepared to pass the first two examinations of the Society of Actuaries. Washburn's degree is the only school in the state to have an actuarlal science program recognized by the organization.

The University also offers:

  • Minor in Mathematics: You can earn this minor by receiving 15 credit hours in courses number MA 151 or above (excluding MA 206 and MA 228).
  • Associate of Arts in Mathematics: To earn this degree, you must complete 12 required hours in MA 151 or above (excluding MA 206 and MA 228), along with the additional requirements for the degree.