Why Major in Math?

Mathematics is everywhere. It's cliché, but it's also true. A degree in mathematics will prepare you for jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, cryptography, and mathematics education, as well as for graduate school leading to a research career in engineering, mathematics or statistics. Graduates from our program have found employment with many different types of companies including technology, engineering, and financial companies.

Want more information on choosing a career path in mathematics or statistics? Check out our Career OverviewPDF versionText only version and our upcoming video at Mines Career Center.

Here are some reasons/considerations you may want to major or minor in mathematics:

In the career you choose beyond Mines, you will be working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year (at least!), so whatever you choose, be certain you enjoy it!
When it comes to job satisfaction, you want to choose a career path that builds on your strengths and challenges you.


Professional graduate schools in medicine, law, business and engineering consider a mathematics degree great preparation because it develops problem-solving and analytical skills. Students who major in mathematics receive substantially higher than average scores on the GMAT and LSAT, according to a study by the National Institute of Education that compared the scores of 550,000 college students who took the LSAT or DMAT over a period of eighteen years.


Having a double-major with mathematics allows you to apply the theories and systems of mathematics to a specific field. Even a minor in mathematics or statistics provides you with a stronger foundation than most of your peers. Students who pursue a minor or double major in mathematics still have a choice between Statistics or Computational and Applied Mathematics. These students are in high demand in the final years of their program, as research and internships call for students who understand the logical structure that underlies all scientific inquiry.


Every year Career Cast ranks jobs according to the work environment, income, stress, and projected growth. Careers in mathematics and statistics have consistently ranked at the top. Whether you want to develop models and interpret their results or develop algorithms to expedite known processes, or work in the biotech industry, a strong background in mathematics will serve you well!



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