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Mathematics & Teaching of Mathematics

The UIC Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) is a top-ranked research program that spans a broad range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and mathematics education. Degree options include a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Major, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctorate of Arts (DA) in Mathematics. Faculty are dedicated to teaching excellence and groundbreaking scholarship.

Mathematics is an excellent doorway to a future of possibilities. Employers are eager for applicants that have solid analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as advanced technical training and an understanding of the role that “big data” plays in today’s complex society. UIC LAS offers all of this and more!

See how other students found their fit below with this major!


Alumni Highlights Heading link

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Below is a sample of how UIC alumni have applied their mathematics major to a professional path!

  • Associate Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Certified Clinical Research Professional, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Graphics Engineer, Sony
  • Programmer Analyst, General Mills
  • Senior Finance Analyst, DeVry Education Group
  • Service Advisor, Microsoft
  • Software Consultant, Immersive Touch
  • Tech-Lead Manager, Software Engineering, Google

Unique Skills and Competencies Heading link

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In addition to the foundational set of skills and competencies you will acquire in any liberal arts and science major, there are also unique skills and perspectives you gain from your mathematics major. Review the list below to learn more:

  • Problem solving in a variety of settings
  • Applying logical thinking to real world problems
  • Understanding and describing phenomenon that at first might seem random
  • Interpreting and analyzing data
  • Learning to argue effectively and rigorously; and finally
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art computational tools and programming languages

Industry Clusters Heading link

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There are many work place settings, industries, and career areas in which you can apply your major based on your professional interests. Below is a sample list of industry clusters that other mathematics majors have transitioned into. What type of setting or career focus appeals to you?

  • Actuarial Science
  • Banking, Business, and Finance
  • Biomathematics
  • Digital Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Government, International Affairs, and Public Service
  • Health Care and Health Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Operations Research
  • Social Services

Meet Parnika Telagi! Heading link

“When applying to college, I was thinking about what major I would want to pursue while being on the Pre-Med track. I did a lot of research and watched a lot of YouTube videos where many people were saying you can major in whatever you want. So, I decided to major in Mathematics because I had always loved Math and I thought it would be an interesting combination with the pre-med track. In addition, I thought the analytical skills that I would gain from taking various Math classes would be beneficial for my future in the medical field, especially with all the advancement in technology and its implementation in the medical field.”

Learn more of how Parnika found her fit with Mathematics!

Meet Anna Li! Heading link

“Math is fundamentally about logic. Even if I do not have to use calculus in my career as a clinician, math is valuable because it trains the brain for logical thinking. Knowing a bunch of facts is useless without the ability to connect or apply those facts; math trains people in connecting seemingly disparate things in a manner consistent with the logical rules of the world.”

Learn more of how Anna found her fit with Mathematics!

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