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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?

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 »


The following graduating math majors have written their Senior Honors Theses on their math or math related research:  Lindsey Brown, Abstract Algebra and Neural Code for Sound Localization in Barn Owls with Mike Reed and Bill Pardon. She will study... read more »


For the 22th time since 1990, the Duke Putnam team placed among the top ten on the WL Putnam Mathematical Competition. Duke achieved 3 first place finishes, 2 seconds and 6 thirds. A total of 4275 students from 554 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States participated in the... read more »


Congratulations to Kevin Stubbs, Christy Vaughn, and  Anne Talkington who were all awarded NSF graduate fellowships this year. Kevin is a graduate student in the Duke Math department. Christy Vaughn was a Duke Mathematics Major who graduated in 2015. She is pursuing a PhD at Princeton in Applied... read more »


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