MAJOR: MATHEMATICS
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The Mathematics Department is known throughout the world for its distinguished faculty and stimulating mathematical environment. It has an excellent research reputation, a strong graduate program and a full range of outstanding undergraduate programs. The department has a long tradition of outreach to schools in central Texas, including the popular Saturday Morning Math Group program that brings extra-curricular education to high school and middle school students and mathematics enthusiasts in Austin and across the state.

Mathematics offers a spectrum of degrees, designed for general cultural background, work in industry, teaching, science, as well as for graduate study in mathematics.

Declare This Major

A current UT undergraduate who wants to add a simultaneous major in mathematics or change their major to mathematics, should meet with an academic advisor. Students who have not yet completed two semesters of calculus should see an advisor in the Center for First-Year Advising in WCH 1.106. If one of these courses has been completed, the student may see an advisor in RLM 4.101. Students who wish to request a transfer to the College of Natural Sciences need an overall UT GPA of at least 2.0.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

All degrees will require students to gain a facility with proofs; some have specific requirements such as facility with a computer language. In general, the professional and faculty advisors will help students design a degree program that will meet the student's goals. View the degree requirements for the mathematics major. For additional information, view course descriptions and course syllabi for the Department of Mathematics.

Specializations

Mathematics degrees offered include bachelor of arts in mathematics (standard or teaching), bachelor of science and arts, as well as six bachelor of science options. The bachelor of science options are as follows:

  • Actuarial science
  • Applied
  • Mathematical sciences (statistics, probability, & data analysis or scientific computation)
  • Pure mathematics
  • Teaching
  • Honors

Personality

Students are often described as curious and bright. Depending upon the individual, students often have an interest in a particular area and then utilize quantitative reasoning to study topic or further draw conclusions from existing research. Since the content is clearly numbers oriented, students have an interest in absolute answers and must have the ability to be accurate. Students can gain experience outside of the classroom through organizations such as the Undergraduate Mathematics Research Club.

Skills

  • Skills in problem solving
  • Ability to function in logical and abstract manner
  • Ability to analyze and interpret graphic, statistical, or numerical data
  • Critical thinking skills including reasoning and analyzing
  • Ability to think conceptually and understand components of complex problems
  • Ability to visualize data and draw accurate conclusions from studies (often government or medical)
  • Interpersonal communication skills when sharing quantitative results in business and industry