Why Study Mathematics?

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Broadly applicable in both traditional and modern career fields, a degree in mathematics provides a solid foundation in creative problem solving, abstract reasoning and much more. As a math major at UW-River Falls, you’ll develop and hone your math skills through high-impact experiences including undergraduate research, math competitions and professional networking.



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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply fundamental concepts of algebra, calculus and discrete mathematics to solve mathematical problems.
  • Employ a wide variety of mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Utilize appropriate technology to solve mathematical problems.
  • Cultivate and demonstrate knowledge in a specialized mathematical area.
  • Interpret mathematical essays and valid mathematical proofs.


Types of Courses

  • Applied Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Probability
  • Programming for Engineers


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Potential Careers

A degree in mathematics opens a wide variety of doors for your future career! Some examples of jobs you may want to pursue include:

  • Actuary
  • Business, Computer Systems or Data Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Teacher, Instructor or Professor


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