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What can a Mathematics major do for you?

The study of mathematics is challenging and rewarding, as well as logical and creative. At UK, the Department of Mathematics offers a rigorous undergraduate program while maintaining a friendly environment. The undergraduate mathematics major offers a foundation for you if you are interested in understanding how to approach problems with mathematical solutions. The department also offers several scholarship awards per year and the opportunity to study abroad in the Math Department at the City University of Hong Kong. Businesses, industries and government agencies often seek out math majors for their independent work ethic, adept problem-solving skills, and logical analytic capabilities. UK mathematics majors have gone on to become professional mathematicians, teachers, doctors, lawyers, actuaries, statisticians and programmers.

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What skills does studying mathematics develop?

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • analytical thinking
  • quantitative reasoning
  • ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas
  • construct logical arguments and expose illogical arguments
  • communication
  • time management
  • teamwork
  • independence

Career opportunities

Career opportunities are unlimited for mathematics majors. They may pursue graduate education, career paths in business, science or technical fields or disciplines such as social services, education and government. Some of the occupations that mathematics majors enter include:

  • accountant
  • actuary
  • computer programmer
  • doctor
  • engineer
  • investment manager
  • lawyer
  • government research and laboratories
  • theoretical mathematician
  • mathematician
  • numerical analyst
  • statistician
  • teacher
  • market researcher
  • systems analyst
  • banking
  • government
  • space/aircraft industry

A&S Hall of Fame Inductees

Linda Challis Gill
2015 Inductee



Matthew Cutts
2012 Inductee



Want to learn more?


Department of Mathematics
(859) 257-3336
719 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027