Math Program


Students who are interested in the Fairmont State University Mathematics program can choose among three degrees.  They include:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, as preparation for immediate employment or for graduate school
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a Math 5-Adult comprehensive specialization as preparation for teaching mathematics *
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with Math 5-9 teaching specialization

* Student receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Education also earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Students are expected to develop and communicate mathematical ideas orally and in writing. 

The skills Mathematics majors master at Fairmont State can be applied to problems in:

  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Computer science
  • Actuarial science
  • Statistics
  • Most areas of inquiry

All students majoring in mathematics must complete a minor.

Career Opportunities

Mathematics graduates work diverse employers like the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Navy, banking, manufacturing, chemical, computer, and statistics firms. Nearly all recent graduates who are not in graduate school have found employment in mathematics or related fields. Mathematics majors can work in:

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Cryptography
  • Computer science
  • Biomathematics

Recent graduates hold teaching positions in public schools throughout West Virginia.  Many graduates have attended graduate school for their masters and doctorate degrees and are employed as professors at various universities in the US and in China. Others work in research industries, such as Los Alamos labs and local software companies.

Mathematics Alumni

Dr. Margie Darrah is an associate professor of mathematics at WVU and CEO of eTouchSciences LLC based in Grafton. She was the James A. LaRue Outstanding Senior in Mathematics in 1988. read more

Three FSU graduates receive fellowships at WVU

Three Fairmont State mathematics graduates currently pursuing graduate degrees at West Virginia University have received fellowships to help them pursue doctoral work.

Renee LaRue received the STEM MoE Cap Fellowship and Kristen Murphy received the STEM MoE Fellowship.  Both are pursuing doctorates in mathematics and were James A. LaRue Outstanding Seniors in Mathematics in 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Tom Devine received the Ruby Fellowship.  He is pursuing a doctorate in Computer Science and was a James A. LaRue Outstanding Senior in Mathematics in 2010.


“The math program prepared me well for graduate school because it gave me a solid background in proof-writing.  The professors not only taught us the language and setup of a proper proof, but the thought process necessary to make a proof ironclad…The math program also exposed me to several different areas of math, both theoretical and analytical, to give me a well-rounded educational experience, and prepare me for the multiple disciplines required at the graduate level.”

Kristy Murphy
Mathematics Major
Graduated in 2009
Pursuing Doctorate