Undergraduate Program

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.

Undergraduate news

Shomik Verma
Shomik Verma, a junior at Duke University, was one of three students from Duke to be named a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.  This scholarship program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.... read more »


Rann Bar-On
The Dean's Award for Excellence in Advising was given to Rann Bar-On for his exceptional ability to guide undergraduates through their first two years at Duke.  Professor Bar-On is committed to supporting first-generation and minority students, encouraging them to be forthcoming about challenges... read more »


Paul Bendich
For his excellent work in developing Data+ into a university model for undergraduate mentoring and research, Paul Bendich has been granted the Dean's Leadership Award.  This award is given to a faculty or staff member who has made a distinctive contribution to leadership, teaching or service.  This... read more »


In this month's edition of AMS Notices, a number of leading mathematicians are profiled in celebration of women's history month.
In this month's edition of the AMS Notices, a number of leading mathematicians are profiled in celebration of women's history month. Among the list are five mathematicians with connections to Duke Mathematics. Ingrid Daubechies, current Duke faculty member Lillian Pierce, current Duke Mathematics... read more »


Duke Math Meet
On a cool, cloudy Saturday in early November, 45 teams of high school students from Virginia, the Carolinas, and even three from China came to the Duke Campus to participate in the annual Duke Math Meet. After a light breakfast, each team was led to a nearby classroom for the two hours of team... read more »


Annual Duke Math Party
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 »


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