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Mathematics is one of the most rigorous and challenging of all intellectual pursuits. Why do students choose to major in it? A major in math, as part of a liberal arts degree, develops quantitative skills and analytical abilities that are valuable assets in many careers.

Studying mathematics develops such skills as arguing logically, thinking abstractly, formulating and solving problems, analyzing data, and creating and analyzing mathematical models. Employers value these skills; consequently, math majors find themselves in demand for careers in a wide spectrum of fields.

A math major is a good choice for students who are strong quantitatively and want to keep their options open. In addition to business, there are many possible careers for which a math major is a good starting point and it can provide a good basis for pre-med, pre-vet or engineering studies. Students often combine their quantitative strengths and interests in a career track that they may not have even known existed when they started college.

Degree Programs and Areas of Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Mathematics Minor

The four-year B.S. degree offers core courses including Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Mathematics with Proofs, Modern Algebra, and Analysis. You can also choose courses in Applied Mathematics or Business Finance.

What can you do with a degree in mathematics?

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biomathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Cryptography
  • Finance
  • Logistics
  • Operations Research
  • Teaching

Download the PDF below for an overview of the mathematics major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).


Debananda Chakraborty (Math)
M.S., Jadavpur University in India
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY)
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY)

Suzanne Lyle, M.S. (Math)
B.S., Western Carolina University
M.S., East Tennessee State University