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

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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