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Why Study Mathematics?

Number rules the universe. --Pythagoras

Mathematics, as a study of patterns, both practical and abstract, involves analytical thought, logical reasoning, problem solving skills, and precise communication. Because of its power and versatility, mathematics has often been called the "Queen of the Sciences." There is no field of scientific inquiry that does not express itself through the language of mathematics.

The kinds of analytical and logical thinking skills that one develops while studying mathematics are precisely the skills that recruiters look for in potential employees. Jobs involving significant mathematical background also consistently rank near the top of the list in annual career surveys. In's 2016 rankings of the 200 best jobs​, some of the top ranked jobs were:

​1. Data Scientist
2. Statistician
6. Mathematician
10. Actuary

Other highly-ranked jobs that benefit from a mathematical background included Software Engineer (#7), Computer Systems Analyst (#8), Biomedical Engineer (#14), Meteorologist (#16), Petroleum Engineer (#20), Physicist (#21), Economist (#24), Financial Analyst (#27), Accountant (#33), Environmental Engineer (#37), Civil Engineer (#38), Mechanical Engineer (#58), and Aerospace Engineer (#59).

An undergraduate degree in mathematics provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in mathematics or in a related specialized profession. Mathematics can also provide an excellent foundation for students considering professional degrees in such allied fields such as Law, Business Administration, or Medicine.