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.