Think analytically to solve problems.

Math plays a central role in science, technology, finance, aviation, communications and countless other industries. Many of today’s knowledge-based careers require excellence and aptitude in mathematics and quantitative reasoning. These careers also emphasize logical problem solving, critical thinking and decision making, skills honed through the study of math.

 

Program type:

Major, BS or BA

Format:

On-Campus

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Overview

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts -

Mathematics

The BS in Mathematics provides a substantial background in mathematics, statistics and computer science to produce graduates who can work as mathematicians. The BA in Mathematics provides a broad grounding in different areas of mathematics, giving students the depth necessary to pursue graduate studies or other career choices like market research and business. Optional courses enable students to focus on areas of interest like pure or applied mathematics.

Students seeking to major in mathematics are first designated as “pre-mathematics majors” until they have completed both Math 1900 and Math 2000 or equivalent courses with grades of C or better.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the BS or BA in Mathematics, graduates will be able to write clear, logically consistent proofs; read, understand and assess the veracity of logical arguments or mathematical proofs; and reformulate problems or questions in relevant mathematical terms

BS graduates will be able to interpret, formulate and solve applied problems in probability and statistics; and interpret, formulate and solve applied problems in mathematics relating to annuities, bonds and derivative investments.

BA graduates will be able to solve problems which involve analysis, algebra or linear algebra, elementary number theory, elementary probability or statistics; and demonstrate basic proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in a language in addition to English.

Opportunities in this field are expected to grow well into the future, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network reporting that the demand for skilled mathematicians will drive a 33% rise in employment in the field through 2029 with a median salary of $93,290.



93,290

Median annual salary

33

Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Actuary 
  • Computer Systems Analyst 
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mathematician 
  • Statistician 
  • Database Manager 

 

Plan of study

BS Option

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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BA Option

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.