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Choosing a College Major: Mathematics

Updated on December 10, 2012

What is a mathematician?

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics defines a mathematician as a person who uses mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems. Mathematicians are grouped into two categories: those involved with theoretical mathematics and those involved with applied mathematics. Theoretical mathematicians are employed in research and academic jobs. Applied mathematicians use mathematics to solve practical problems.

What courses will I study?

Math, like any Bachelor of Science degree, requires the completion of a more a rigorous set of courses than those taken by Bachelor of Arts majors. Prepare to take advanced calculus and physics classes, as well as logic and computer science related courses.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Math?

Provided below is a non-exhaustive list of jobs available for those with a Bachelor of Science in math. Note that you will need to return to school for a Masters degree and a Ph.D. for more advanced opportunities.

  • teachers
  • computer systems analysts
  • computer programmers
  • computer engineers
  • other computer-related jobs
  • actuaries
  • Managers, executives, and administrators
  • sales
  • record clerks
  • insurance
  • securities
  • real estate


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