About the mathematics major

Mathematics is the study of quantitative relationships expressed in numbers and symbols. It focuses on mathematical concepts and theories and involves their formulation, testing, interpretations, and practical application. Mathematics is usually referred to as either pure (more theoretical and abstract) or applied (more practical and visible problem solving). Some understanding and use of mathematics is considered basic to competent daily life. Major branches include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics.

Skills and abilities this major develops: critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, quantitative skills, and computer skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Differential equations
  • Elementary linear algebra
  • Foundations of analysis
  • Linear programming and optimization techniques
  • World language

Possible careers

  • Actuary 
  • Biostatistician
  • Computer programmer
  • Logistics manager
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Test analyst

Where could I work?

  • Anthem 
  • Citizens Energy Group
  • National Security Agency
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rolls-Royce
  • TCC Software Solutions

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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