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Which Major is for You? Part 29 – Mathematics

Math is one of the oldest and most fundamental forms of science. From the earliest Babylonian mathematics written in cuneiform on clay tablets, through the arithmetic and geometry used by ancient Egyptians, to the development of Newtownian physics, and on into modern day computer algorithms, math is a crucial tool with an infinite number of uses. People use math in their everyday lives, from balancing a checkbook, to calculating a tip, to figuring out how many miles per gallon they get on a tank of gas. Restaurants and retail businesses use math for tracking sales, tax, inventory, and employee labor costs. Large corporations use math to track market trends, stock price fluctuations, and consumer purchase habits. Then there’s the field of computer science, which has deep roots in mathematical principles.

Math is a necessity in everyday life, and studying Mathematics at Rowan University can teach you the skills needed to work in any number of businesses where math is an important tool. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in education, business, finance, research and development, or a number of different scientific fields. The Mathematics program prepares students for careers in all of these fields by providing them with an education that combines mathematical theories with concrete applications that can be used in business, science, and research.

The number of career paths available to a graduate with a Mathematics degree is virtually unlimited. Business careers for a Mathematics major include benefits specialists; business, financial, economic, and investment analysts; market research; product development; and investment management. Computer careers that need skilled mathematicians include database and systems analysis, computer programming, network administration, and software development. There are also careers available in computational biology and genomics, computer animation, digital imaging, neuroscience, materials science, psychometrics, statistics, and a variety of other scientific fields. In addition, there are teaching professions available at the elementary, high school, and college level.

Students at Rowan can pursue a minor in Mathematics, which fits well with a number of other scientific majors, such as Chemistry, Engineering, or Computer Science. Many such majors already have a large number of math courses in their requirements, particularly in the core areas of calculus and linear algebra. As a result, there is a lot of overlap between the course requirements for those majors and the Mathematics minor. Because of these overlaps, a student may be able to add a minor in Mathematics and only need to take a few extra courses to fulfill the requirements. Adding a minor in this way is an easy way to increase your overall expertise and improve your credentials.

Students taking a major in Mathematics at Rowan can choose between two different programs, the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree. Each follows some of the same core requirements, but the programs have different expanded course selections.

The Bachelor’s of Arts in Mathematics degree begins with core coursework in mechanics; electricity and magnetism; thermodynamics, fluids, waves, and optics; scientific programming; discrete math; symbolic logic; three semesters of calculus; algebra and linear algebra; and probability and random variables. In addition to these core requirements, students can choose a selection from among a variety of other classes including geometry; topology; statistics; mathematical theories and applications; numerical analysis; and differential equations.

The Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics degree has many of the same core requirements as the Bachelor’s of Arts degree, but the additional courses in the program have more of a focus on scientific applications. These courses include computer programming and algorithms, quantum mechanics, chemistry, and physics. The B.S. degree allows for fewer free electives in order to focus more on these scientific areas.

Mathematics is also one of the dual degree options available to Education majors. Students taking the dual major in Mathematics and Education will learn what they need to become math teachers at the elementary or high school level.

Rowan also offers a graduate degree in Mathematics through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. The M.A. in Math program can help prepare graduates for jobs teaching in higher education, or for more advanced technical careers. The program includes a number of advanced mathematics courses such as matrix theory, abstract algebra, and number theory.

With proper planning, students can also combine the undergraduate and graduate programs in order to earn their Master’s degree in just five years instead of the usual six. The 4+1 program allows students to earn a dual B.S./M.A. degree in Mathematics in less time, so that they can head into the job market sooner and with a more advanced education that will improve their chances of success in their future careers.

Mathematics is a complex field with a wide range of applications. Students who master this field will have the skills necessary to succeed in business, finance, education, or science. If you’re an analytical thinker with a logical mind, Rowan’s Mathematics program might be the major for you.

For more information, visit the College of Science and Mathematics.

Which Major is for You? Part 28 – Marketing

Running a successful business, from small businesses to the biggest corporations, is about more than just having a product or service to sell. You can have an amazing product or an in-demand service and still fail if customers don’t have a reason to come to you. Companies need advertising to raise awareness of their product, and they need feedback in order to understand what their customers need. They need to know which age groups or communities form their customer base, and how to adapt their product to fit those customers’ needs. They need to know what price to charge to make sure that their customers can afford to buy a product, while still making sure the company makes a decent profit. They also need to know the right sales pitches and methods for capturing their potential customers’ interest.

All of these factors are crucial in the field of marketing. Rowan University’s Marketing major teaches students the skills they need to succeed in a career in advertising, sales, or marketing promotions. Students in the program learn how to market services to customers, understand the economic factors that affect pricing, and effectively promote product awareness. They will learn how to apply these skills on both local and global levels, preparing them for careers in anything from small businesses to international corporations.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in advertising, event marketing, retail, sales, market research, public relations, and marketing consultation. These types of jobs are available in almost any type of industry or business, since customer service and research into consumer needs and habits are important factors for most consumer-driven businesses. In addition to positions in an individual company’s marketing department, there are also marketing agencies that hire their services out to many different corporations. Graduates with a degree in Marketing can find a job working for an ad agency, an independent market research company, or a firm specializing in online marketing through social media.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as Purchasing Agents can earn an average of $58,000 per year1. Marketing Research Analysts can earn over $60,000 per year2. Those who work their way up into management in these fields can earn over $108,000 per year3.

The Marketing program through the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University can prepare students for these careers by teaching them marketing strategy, consumer behaviors, and how to solve marketing problems. Students in the program will learn the principles of marketing, finance, and accounting. They will take courses on business law and ethics, organizational behavior, and consumer behavior. They will learn how marketing research works and how it influences sales plans, online marketing, and corporate strategies. They will also learn how to promote products and services for various sales methods, including internet sales, personal sales, and business-to-business marketing.

Students in the program can also pursue an internship in order to gain valuable experience working in a marketing agency or department. The experience gained there will be useful for the student’s future career after graduation.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education also offers a Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing. The MBA specialization in Marketing teaches students the skills they need to become effective managers and leaders in their field. The education gained in the MBA program will give students a competitive edge that will help them rise higher in their career track, and increase their chances of success in management fields.

Building a successful marketing strategy is a key component for any business plan. Enrolling in the Marketing major at Rowan University can teach you the skills needed to run a successful marketing program, and lead to success in any business field.

To learn more, visit the Marketing page at the Rohrer College of Business.

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/purchasing-managers-buyers-and-purchasing-agents.htm (visited August 13, 2013).
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Market Research Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/market-research-analysts.htm (visited August 13, 2013).
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/advertising-promotions-and-marketing-managers.htm (visited August 13, 2013).

Which Major is for You? Part 27 – Management Information Systems

In the digital age, technology is at the core of everything we do. There’s almost no business out there that doesn’t rely on computers to get things done. Retail stores use computers for cash registers, inventory control, and bookkeeping. Insurance companies use them for data entry and claims tracking. Many companies use online ordering systems, and also keep databases of customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers, and order history. Then there’s personnel files, interoffice emails, reports, PowerPoint presentations, and more.

Management Information Systems is the field of business and computer science that deals with all of these technological issues. Working in MIS includes working on the computer hardware that is used in various businesses; managing software that tackles various business problems; managing the data used for customer tracking, order processing, and other business needs; creating procedures for the proper handling of all of these issues; and keeping employees trained and up to date on the latest advances in technology. Unlike other branches of computer science, MIS addresses these issues from a business perspective, using computer systems to run effective businesses, create strong marketing strategies, and facilitate good customer service practices.

Rowan’s Management Information Systems degree is a great way for students to learn how to use technology in business. The program is a mixture of traditional business education along with elements of computer science, blended together to teach students how these fields relate in the real world. The program is continually updated to keep up with changes in today’s technology, making sure that students receive the most modernized education possible.

Graduates of the MIS program can pursue careers in network administration, information technology, computer consulting, computer programming, and database administration. They can become a business systems analyst, devising new IT solutions for better interfaces and more efficient user controls. They can also work in e-business, creating online marketing plans and developing websites for online businesses.

Employment in this high tech field can lead to excellent pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in network administration pay an average of $69,000 per year1. After gaining some experience, you could move up to become an Information Systems Manager, and earn over $115,000 per year2.

Students in the MIS program will learn through a combination of traditional lecture, examining case studies, and working on real world projects. Students will develop strong critical thinking skills as they analyze business problems and design innovative solutions to solve them. They will develop strong writing skills and learn how to effectively communicate with people in order to explain complex information systems and train others in their use. They will also learn how to design websites for commercial use, and how to manage databases and computer networks.

Courses in the program include advanced mathematics, such as calculus and statistics. There are also courses on macroeconomics, microeconomics, accounting, and finance, to ensure that students gain a firm understanding of business, finance, and the economy. Then there are courses on business policy, law, and ethics, which teach students the importance of proper and legal business practices.

In addition to the business-related courses, there are computer courses in database design and management, system design, network management, web design, and e-business solutions.

Students enrolled in the MIS program can also pursue an internship opportunity. During their internship, students will learn hands-on at a local business, industry, or nonprofit organization in order to develop real world experience that will benefit their future careers.

Graduates of the program who wish to further their education can also seek a Master’s of Business Administration in order to maximize their career potential. The MBA Specialization in Management Information Systems teaches students the principles of leadership, including how to make sound financial decisions, how to manage an organization, and how to handle international business. Students will also learn about more advanced mathematics, statistics, and accounting in order to become financial experts. Graduates of the program will be prepared for high level positions in their career track, giving them a competitive advantage in the job market.

Management Information Systems is an advanced field that requires a strong knowledge of both computers and finance. Getting a degree in MIS from Rowan University is a great way to master these complex skills and prepare yourself for your future career.

For more information, visit the Management Information Systems page in the Rohrer College of Business.

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited August 11, 2013).
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (visited August 11, 2013).