The purpose of the major is to immerse students in the content and methodology of mathematics as it is practiced by active mathematicians. The basic requirements in the major introduce the central ideas of the discipline. Electives within the major permit students to pursue further areas of special interest.

A major in mathematics opens many doors. Majors go on to graduate work in fields such as mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, economics, or biology. They pursue careers in business, actuarial science, linguistics, medicine, law, and teaching.