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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

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You can see math everywhere: in engineering and electrical power, insurance rates, labor statistics and robotics. A solid understanding of math prepares you for a wide range of possible fields—from cryptography to public opinion polling to economics.

The Department of Mathematics offers courses in several areas of pure and applied mathematics, statistics and math education. With 39 full-time faculty, you’ll get a better student-to-teacher ratio, smaller classes, and many opportunities to build relationships with professors and fellow students.

The College of Arts and Sciences has a long tradition of mathematical study. Did you know the national mathematics honorary society, Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University? Pi Mu Epsilon New York Alpha Chapter is open to all eligible students and hosts on-campus mathematical talks, career-focused discussion panels and other student activities.

What can you do with math?

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics can qualify you for a broad range of positions in government, education, consulting and in other industries such as:

  • Hi-tech computer and electronics
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Petroleum products manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Finance

A major in mathematics is also excellent preparation for graduate study in such diverse fields as financial engineering, economics, law, computer science, education, data science, operations research, and of course science and mathematics. Read more about the many diverse careers math can take you.

Getting involved in undergraduate research helps you apply what you learn in class, find a mentor, improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and pursue a topic that fascinates you. Undergraduate research opportunities include semester-long and year-long projects supervised by faculty members, and the Directed Reading Program that pairs an undergraduate student with a graduate mentor to explore special topics.

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