For Math Majors

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. As such math majors are very marketable. Math majors are strong candidates for medical and law schools, high tech and finance industries, or graduate school in any of a variety of different fields, including engineering, economics, finance, and computer science.

What is it like being a math major?

As a math major, you will have a wide variety of options in your course of study. After completing a set of core courses, you can sample from a variety of different courses representing the main areas of mathematics. There will be opportunity to take directed reading courses and to participate in undergraduate research working with faculty members. Through the whole process, you will have a faculty advisor to help guide you in making decisions that will optimize your undergraduate mathematics experience.

Who studies math at Duke?

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 »


 The Blue Devils may have lost in the Sweet 16 during March Madness 2016, but a Duke team crushed more than 500 other schools in the NCAA tournament of the math world, known by mathletes as ... read more »


Six students have been named 2016 PRUV Fellows and will work on a variety of research projects from algebraic geometry and number theory to modeling biological systems. They are Trung Can, Matthew Gherman, Feng Gui, Mendel Nguyen, Derrick Nowak and Alex Pieloch.... read more »


The Duke Putnam team finished 10th among 577 colleges and universities in the 76th W.L Putnam Mathematical Competition. The student coach of the team, Alex Milu’15, received Honorable Mention (top 2%) and Trung Can ’18 also ranked among the top 100 of the 4275... read more »


The Julia Dale winners for 2016 are Lindsey Brown, Bryan Liu and Paul Ziquan Yang. Each of these students excelled in upper level and graduate math courses and wrote an innovative senior thesis. Under the direction of Mike Reed and Bill Pardon, Brown used techniques of... read more »


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