Do you have a passion for numbers, analysis, and theory? Consider majoring in mathematics. This degree provides students with excellent quantitative and analytical skills, and a math degree is the perfect stepping stone for a countless number of careers. Mathematics is more than algebra or geometry. It is the foundation for science, engineering, and physics—ultimately, math explains the world. Students can emphasize in Computation (BA/BS) or Statistics (BA/BS).
The Student Experience
Pad your resume and join one of the many math clubs or honor societies, such as Pi Mu Epsilon or the Organization for Women Leaders in Science (OWLS). Meet fellow students and listen to math experts at weekly Undergraduate Colloquium mathematics talks (and stick around for free pizza after each one!). The mathematics department also offers several internship opportunities for students looking to gain career or research experience. For students seeking a jump-start on graduate school, the Mathematics Department offers a combined BS/MS Mathematics degree.
A degree in Mathematics provides a strong base for a variety of careers. Science, engineering, and physics are all excellent fields for math students, and so are research or teaching positions. Business also offers many opportunities for a mathematician to find work: you can become an actuary (a risk analyst for an insurance company), economist, operations researcher, or finance specialist. Some math majors put their abilities to work in computer science and programming, while others use the analytical skills they learned to become lawyers and doctors.