What Can I Do with a Major in Mathematics?

The study of Mathematics emphasizes careful problem analysis, precision of thought and expression, and the mathematical skills needed for work in many other areas. Mathematicians are interested both in the theory and the applications within their disciplines. Many important problems in government, private industry, health and environmental fields, and the academic world require sophisticated mathematical and statistical techniques for their solution. The study of Mathematics provides specific analytical and quantitative tools, as well as general problem-solving skills, for dealing with these problems.

Mathematics majors*:

  • formulate problems
  • conduct formal analysis of abstract representations of complex systems
  • use deductive reasoning
  • conduct critical review of quantitative arguments

Our graduates are very successful in obtaining employment in such areas as statistics, computing and information systems, and operations research. Fields in which Mathematics play a major role include actuarial science, medical/public health research, astronomy, chemistry, physics, computer science, economics, finance, engineering, biology, geophysics, operations research, market research, meteorology, linguistics, library science, cryptology, seismology, and environmental science.

Career options for Mathematics graduates include**:

  • benefits consultant
  • financial analyst
  • internal auditor
  • biomathematician

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Mathematics majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Mathematics majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.