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BS in Mathematics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BSMath) is a four-year degree program designed to give students a background in mathematical modeling, scientific computing, and various modern applications of mathematics. The program covers major areas in pure mathematics exposure to mathematical applications in statistics, operation research, and actuarial science. It also teaches students the proper use of problem-solving approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content and analyze mathematical statements and construct solutions.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Mathematics are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Linear Algebra
  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
  • Modern Geometry

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Mathematics are expected to be able to:

  • Use the scientific method for critical and problem solving
  • Practice basic mathematical and statistical computations while using proper technologies in analyzing data
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a precise language  both in oral and writing
  • Demonstrate skills in pattern recognition, critical analysis, and problem-solving
  • Understand the importance of mathematics and its relevance to other disciplines

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational or financial institutions, business companies, or government agencies.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.



Board Exam

The BS in Mathematics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Mathematics may pursue a career path in educational or financial institutions, business companies, or government agencies. They may apply as a math teacher, college professor, financial analyst, system developer, algorithm developer, marketing analyst, mathematician, or a cryptographer.

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Reviews of BS in Mathematics graduates:

C. E.
◈ Studied BS Mathematics
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Mathematics: I was initially accepted in the BS Mathematics and Science Teaching program. But since it was not a DOST-priority program, I opted to take BS Mathematics. Mathematics is my first love. I can't imagine living a day without Math.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Mathematics, in a nut shell, has taught me how to think critically. And I think that is the most important skill a person should have. It enhanced my thought process especially on validating when something holds true in some cases or in all cases. It helped me differentiate uniqueness from existence, necessity from sufficiency.

There are general education courses and core Math courses. The core courses are mainly categorized into Algebra, Geometry, and Analysis. Exams are generally challenging. Practice on problem exercises is of paramount importance.

Half of my block shifted from BS Math. Most went to Engineering degrees in UP Diliman (due to proximity reasons). However, those who remained were really grateful they did.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Credit Risk Officer of a local commercial bank. I draft and propose policies to manage the credit risk exposures of the bank and I also make reports on the loan portfolio of the bank for the consumption of a Board of Directors committee.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely. Although I do not see the non-Euclidean plane nor the isomorphic groups on my reports, I can say that Math has been my guiding principle in every policy I propose.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 week

list bulletDo I recommend studying Mathematics: Many entry-level positions require analytical skills, which is something Math can definitely provide you. Common industries a Math graduate enters to are Finance and IT. If you would want to pursue a deeper understanding of Math, you may consider teaching in a college or university while pursuing a graduate degree.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Good high school Math background is a plus point, not Calculus yet. A good take up of high school Algebra and Analytic Geometry is sufficient. If and when you begin with a Math degree, make sure there is no turning back. You will surely enjoy Math.
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