## Mathematics

### Description

Mathematics is the study of numbers and numerical reasoning in the abstract. Mathematics may be either pure or applied; the former usually involves the study of mathematics
from a theoretical standpoint; the latter is embodied in such concentrations as computer
science or mathematics for science. Pure mathematics is the major for students planning
to pursue graduate study; applied math is the major for the highly skilled student who is
seeking a math-related career. Mathematics is excellent preparation for a wide range of
careers.

### Plan of study

The plan of study varies somewhat depending upon the area of mathematics concentration. At the lower-division level, a core curriculum with mathematics electives prevails.
At the upper-division level, students concentrate on subjects including pure mathematics, actuarial science, computer science, and mathematics education. Advanced courses
are supplemented by seminars on current topics, research projects, or internships during
the senior year.

### Expect to take

Calculus and advanced calculus, applied mathematics, linear algebra, multivariable algebra, complex systems, differential equations, fundamentals of computing, programming,
advanced programming languages, number and numeration.

### Suggested high school subjects

Advanced mathematics (AP preferred), advanced science, computer studies.

### General interest areas

Mathematics, research, computing.

### Some career possibilities

- Actuary
- Engineer
- Astrophysicist
- Nuclear engineer
- College professor
- Programmer
- Computer engineer
- Pure mathematician
- Computer scientist
- Research scientist
- Demographer
- Statistician

### Some related majors

- Accounting
- Computer science
- Applied mathematics
- Economics
- Banking/finance
- Insurance
- Business economics
- Operations research
- Business statistics

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