More than just numbers and formulas, mathematics is the study of structure, symmetry, and patterns, and their many applications to real-world problems. Mathematics has permeated every field of science and engineering, and plays an indispensible role in modern biology and medicine, finance, economics, sociology, and many other disciplines. Mathematics offers intellectual challenges and wide-ranging career opportunities that are consistently rated at the top of lists of all professions.

Careers

  • Actuary
  • Cryptologist
  • Economist
  • Inventory strategist
  • Mathematician
  • Operations research analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Statistician
  • Teacher

What you’ll study

The mathematics program offers undergraduate and graduate courses, and you may customize programs to meet the requirements. The mathematics major includes broad technical elective requirements as well as courses in physics. Taking courses in complementary disciplines such as engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, biology, and economics, can also expand your career options.

You may specialize in actuarial mathematics, computer applications, mathematical biology—genomics or physiology— or mathematics education. These specializations require additional course work. Many students who pursue the actuarial curriculum pass the first two actuarial examinations before graduation.