Adding Up the Opportunities

Gardner-Webb University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences Offers Solid Foundation for Variety of Professions

Gardner-Webb’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is dedicated to producing graduates who are armed with excellent quantitative and analytical reasoning skills and are fully prepared to make positive contributions to their communities. Faculty members are lifelong learners with active curiosity who will use GWU’s “just-the-right-size” classes to provide you with one-on-one attention to help you achieve your best. Recently, the University hosted several high school students during the annual summer math academy. Each opportunity offered to current and future students helps them uncover new and exciting career options.

Alum Chris Farthing (’09) appreciates the professors at Gardner-Webb who prepared him to excel in graduate school and business, but he is even more grateful for the lasting friendships he formed at the University. “Despite time and distance, the best friends I have right now are still the ones I made at Gardner-Webb,” he observed.

His decision to attend GWU was based on the students he met while interviewing for a scholarship. “The interview was my first visit to campus,” Farthing related. “While all of us nervous high school graduates-to-be were waiting for our interview times, some current GWU students were mixed in with us, playing board games, hanging out, and trying to help take the edge off our nervousness. That moment really did it for me. Seeing students go out of their way to be helpful and friendly was an early indicator of what I still like most about Gardner-Webb. Gardner-Webb has great people, both students and faculty, and I wanted to be a part of that culture.”

Because his father is in the banking industry, Farthing had an interest in business and started out as an economics/finance major. After getting a work-study position as a tutor in the math lab, he realized that he liked helping others work math problems. His sophomore year, he switched his major to math education, but then found out he couldn’t complete the degree in four years. He could, however, double major in math and economics/finance without adding extra semesters. Combining the two degrees also prepared him to continue his education.

“When I started looking at graduate programs, I realized that statistics as a field of math can be applied in many areas and would allow me to blend my interest in business with my math skills,” he reflected. “Gardner-Webb’s math program and professors prepared me well for graduate school and my career. Now I’m working as a statistician in the financial services industry, and I can definitely say there are lots of opportunities for folks with that background.”

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