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The Best Jobs of 2015

A mathematics degree doesn’t only satisfy a passion for numbers; it also opens doors to some stellar career options. In fact, three of the best jobs of 2015 rely heavily on mathematics.

No. 1 Actuary — Average Income: $94,000

No. 3 Mathematician — Average Income: $102,182

No. 4 Statistician — Average Income: $79,191


Mathematics by the Numbers


Ranking for “Best Schools for Math Majors”*


Ranking in the world for “most influential in the field of mathematics”*


Students in Math & Stats earned prestigious Goldwater scholarships in past seven years

Four Areas of Math and Statistics, Under One Roof.

The uses for mathematics are many. That’s why we offer four concentrations, allowing you to choose your own math path. But don’t feel like you have to stay confined to one area. Each of our programs offers plenty of flexibility to explore coursework inside and outside the major for a truly interdisciplinary education.

Mathematics Education

This program helps students discover insight into how one learns mathematics. Mathematic education delves in to the diversity of learning styles and finds effective ways to teach mathematics from K-12 through college and beyond. Faculty and students are actively engaged in research areas such as how to better teach precalculus and calculus, the effectiveness of computer-assisted learning and flipped classroom models, and how undergraduate students develop their reasoning during transition to advanced mathematics.


Data is everywhere, and statisticians study how to interpret data and use it to predict trends in the future. In this growing program, students will learn how statistics provides the tools for sampling, design of experiments, summarizing data, making inferences and more. Our faculty members apply statistics to research in a range of fields, including functional MRI, behavioral science, epidemiology, biology, medical imaging and network theory.

A Top Degree Program for a Rewarding Profession

Actuaries are the analytical backbone of our society’s financial security programs. They are also certified professionals who have gone through a series of examinations to obtain a professional designation. As a career, it is consistently ranked among the top professions in terms of work environment, employment outlook, job security, and salary.

Learn from the Best

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our staff isn’t just a collection of math instructors. It’s a truly vibrant community of scholars who are learning about and solving some of the most intriguing theoretical and applied mathematical problems of our time. Our work crosses interdisciplinary boundaries, answering diverse questions in fields like behavioral science, medical imaging, biology, education, engineering, astronomy, physics and more.

Flexible Degree Programs

We recognize that mathematics is studied best when it’s part of an interdisciplinary education. That’s why we offer plenty of flexibility to not only take a variety of math courses but also courses in other programs. This approach helps prepare students for the real world, where the mathematical sciences have a wide range of applications.

Individual Attention and Support

At the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, we embrace the challenge of teaching mathematics to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and needs. We offer a formal tutoring center as well as a casual math community center where students are encouraged to get together and mentor one another.