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.

Undergraduate news

ICM Winners
The team of Duke University students Vinit Ranjan, Junmo Ryang and Albert Xue was designated Outstanding in the 2019 Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM).  This year 11,262 teams representing institutions from fifteen countries/regions participated in the contest.  Our students were one of... read more »

Registration for the 2018 Duke Math Meet is now CLOSED. The Duke Math Meet (DMM) is a regional mathematics competition for high school students held at Duke University each year.  The contest is organized by the members of the Duke University Mathematics Union (... read more »

Robinson Crusoe book jackets
Data + Project:  Pirating Texts This summer, undergraduates Gabriel Guedes (Math, Global Cultural Studies), ... read more »

Do you have questions about where to start in math?  Come to the Math Placement Open House on Saturday August 25, 9am-noon in Physics 123, and let us help!  Faculty teaching a range of introductory courses will be there ready to help you figure out class would be best to start with, and even what... read more »

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 »