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As a field of study, mathematics is unique. Known as “The Queen of the Sciences,” it is the purest form of quantitative analytical reasoning and thus has applications to almost every other science. In fact, many sciences rely so heavily on mathematics that their most important questions are, fundamentally, math problems.

Mathematics is a powerful and versatile major. Students with degrees in mathematics are highly sought after in a variety of industries because employers know that success in mathematics requires strong problem solving abilities and outstanding analytical skills. This means math majors are very marketable. Math majors are also strong candidates for medical school, law school, high tech industries, finance industries, or graduate school in any of a variety of different fields, including engineering, economics, finance, and computer science.

Will mathematics courses help me in my chosen major?

If you are majoring in engineering, finance, economics, political science, psychology, or any other science, then you will find that the coursework in your major relies heavily on math. To have the best opportunity to do well in those courses and absorb the material, it can be very beneficial to identify and take the appropriate math course. For recommendations to assist in choosing the classes that will help broaden your knowledge – given your interests – check out our Course Sequences by Career Path.

What about a double major?

Using mathematics as a supplement to your primary major can make your future job or graduate school applications much stronger. Potential employers and graduate school admissions committees know that the study of mathematics requires and develops strong problem-solving skills, comprehension of abstract concepts, and creative thinking ability; all highly desirable qualities in applicants to almost any field or industry.

In addition, many of them know that the applicant who will be successful working with them will need specific mathematical skills thus putting the applicant with a math major at the top of their list.

Who studies math at Duke?

Students and faculty enjoyed a break before exams to share food and conversation at the annual math party on April 24, 2017.  Those who competed in the MCM/ICM competition received Duke Math shirts and certificates.  Officers of DUMU and research students in Data+, DOmath and PRUV were introduced.... read more »


Vinit Ranjan, Kelly Zhang, and Junmo Ryang are a group of prospective math majors who all met in high school at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where they first competed in MCM, but on separate teams. This year, they came together on one team to achieve the finalist ranking.... read more »


Kevin Murgas (Biomedical Engineering, Class 2017), started working on this project during a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in mathematical biology in the summer of 2015. Together with his research mentor, Dr. Marc Ryser, they developed a new approach to modeling the dynamics... read more »


Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly will speak Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Duke University’s Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center Shetterly is the author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the... read more »


Spring Breakthrough is a risk-free opportunity for first- and second-year students to explore their intellectual interests. For five days during spring break (March 12-16, 2017), they can participate in a mini-seminar designed to be intellectually stimulating and fun. These courses have no... read more »


The Duke University Math Union (DUMU) is devoted to organizing and providing resources to students interested in mathematics. Throughout the year, we invite guest lecturers, organize social events, and host a high school contest in mathematics.... read more »


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