Why major in mathematics?
Undergraduate mathematics is essential preparation for graduate study in the mathematical sciences, including mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science. In addition, many employers and other academic disciplines recognize that a B.S. in mathematics is evidence of high-level training in problem solving. More information about career opportunities for mathematics majors can be found at the Mathematical Association of America's website.
Mathematics Degree Programs: Majors, Options, and Minors
- Undergraduates at OSU can pursue a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics or choose one of four specialized options within the degree program. Many of our mathematics majors are double majors, especially in other sciences or engineering.
- The Department of Mathematics also offers minors in Mathematics and Actuarial Science.
- Learn more in the Undergraduate Handbook. Official program requirements for all department programs, including the Mathematics major and its options, as well as the minors in Mathematics and Actuarial Science, are listed in the OSU General Catalog. There, the sample program shows a possible path through the curriculum for students who are able to start MTH 251, Differential Calculus, in their first term.
- Curious about the Mathematical Biology option for the Mathematics major? Find out more.
We are happy to talk with you about our programs. If you have questions about the mathematics undergraduate degrees, please email a mathematics advisor at UndergradInfo@math.oregonstate.edu.
Programmatic Outcomes for the Mathematics Major, Mathematics Minor and Actuarial Science Minor
The following are the Mathematics Major, Mathematics Minor and Actuarial Science Minor Program Outcomes:
- Demonstrate mathematical reasoning skills by reading, writing, and explaining formal definitions and theorems, and proofs.
- Analyze mathematical problems by applying the theory and techniques from a variety of mathematical perspectives.
- Use computational technology to support problem solving and mathematical understanding.
- Use mathematical concepts and techniques to recognize, formulate and analyze questions from another discipline.
- Communicate mathematics effectively.