What Can I Do With a Major In Mathematics?
You can do a lot with this major! Mathematics majors go on to successful careers in analysis, research, business, academics, government, publishing, and much more.
Math majors can specialize in various areas: actuarial science, computer applications, preparation for teaching math in secondary school, industrial mathematics, mathematical biology, and preparation for graduate-level math studies.
A major in mathematics is available through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or through the College of Science & Engineering (CSE). CLA offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. CSE offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. The requirements and focuses are different for each. Talk to an adviser to learn more.
All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and mathematics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:
- Strong quantitative reasoning abilities
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Analytical and logical reasoning skills
- Statistical analysis abilities
- Independent, self-motivated work ethic
- Information management
Interest code: ICR
Internship & Job Search Websites
- Actuary Club at the University of Minnesota
- Financial Math Association
- oSTEM @ Minnesota
- SIAM Student Chapter
- Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota
Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are mathematics alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for mathematics majors, utilize these additional resources:
- What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
- LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
- GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required