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Mathematics

When you major in mathematics, you will study the areas of pure and applied mathematics, developing problem-solving abilities, versatility, and adaptability. In addition to the core requirements of a calculus series and linear algebra, you can match your interests by selecting one of seven options.

Options

  • Standard—coursework with the flexibility to combine math with almost any area or research interest
  • Discrete Mathematics and Cryptography—coursework exploring algebra, coding theory, and cryptography
  • Education—coursework for those interested in teaching high school math (not an endorsement or certification)
  • Mathematical Biology—coursework exploring areas of biology in a quantitative manner
  • Mathematical Finance—coursework exploring the applications of math to insurance, banking, and finance
  • Mathematics of Physical Phenomena—coursework exploring the applications of math to the physical world and engineering
  • Statistics and Data Science—coursework exploring data and statistical analysis using coding

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.

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Four-year success plan
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Catalog
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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Apply mathematical and scientific skills to solve real-world problems
  • Develop basic techniques of statistical analysis
  • Analyze and explain data
  • Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
  • Simplify complex information and present it to others
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives
  • Use quantitative analysis techniques
  • Use qualitative analysis techniques

Experience

Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in mathematics, such as:

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  • Interning with ConAgra Foods, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate or Allstate
  • Learn more about internships
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  • Studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary or Bath, United Kingdom
  • Learn more about education abroad
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  • Serving as the Math Club president
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
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  • Volunteering with Math Motivators to tutor K-12 students
  • Learn more about service learning

Opportunities

As a math major, your skills in logic and problem solving will be valuable in a variety of professions. In fact, the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have one thing in common—math skills.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Actuarial and Risk Analyst, Ameritas
  • Business Analyst, Sandhills Publishing
  • Data Engineer, Hudl
  • Data and Research Engineer, Mercer
  • Implementation Consultant, Fast Enterprises
  • Math Teacher, Omaha Public Schools
  • Programmer / Analyst, Centrix Solutions, Inc.
  • Quality Assurance Analyst, Nanonation
  • Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security
  • Statistical Analyst, Experian
  • Website Production Support, Cabela's

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Ph. D., Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Tennessee
  • Master's Degree, Computer Science, University of Malaya
  • Ph.D., Neural Computation, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Doctor of Physcial Therapy, Creighton University
  • Ph.D., Statistics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master's Degree, System Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree, Biostaticis, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Berkley
Danie Oberpriller

“I loved Math 106 (Calculus I) with Professor Gonzales! In high school, I had taken Calculus, but wasn't the biggest fan. This class though was so much fun. I enjoyed every second of it; Professor Gonzales knows how to teach really well and offers wonderful support from answering emails really quickly to having office hours every day of the week.”

Danie Oberpriller

Mathematics at Nebraska

Contact Us

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Academic and Career Advising Center
107 Oldfather Hall
402-472-4190
casadvising@unl.edu