About the Major

Mathematics is the study of quantitative relationships expressed in numbers and symbols. It focuses on mathematical concepts and theories and involves their formulation, testing, interpretations, and practical application. Mathematics is usually referred to as either pure (more theoretical and abstract) or applied (more practical and visible problem solving). Some understanding and use of mathematics is considered basic to competent daily life. Major branches include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, quantitative skills, and computer skills.

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Differential equations
  • Elementary linear algebra
  • Foundations of analysis
  • World language
  • Linear programming and optimization techniques

Possible Careers

  • Actuary 
  • Biostatistician
  • Computer programmer
  • Logistics manager
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Test analyst utility forester

Where could I work?

  • Anthem 
  • Citizens Engergy Group
  • National Security Agency
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rolls-Royce
  • TCC Software Solutions

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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