Why Study Math?
A strong foundation in mathematics allows students to excel in may possible career paths, including:
- Actuarial science
- Statistics, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Mathematical biology and chemistry
- Petrology and geological science
- Operations research and management sciences
- Cybersecurity and cryptography
- Law, and many more.
A common denominator in all of these fields is the need for quantitative reasoning, creativity, and critical thinking. In particular, any complex system can be modeled and analyzed using mathematics, which means that mathematics is a fundamental tool in essentially all careers. The ability to understand such systems has never been more important given the explosion in the availability of data in recent years, and the crucial need to make informed decisions from such data. A degree in mathematics provides an excellent opportunity to develop these skills. Moreover, careers in mathematics consistently rank highly in terms of satisfaction, income, and job prospects in national surveys. More information can be found in this summary from UC Davis and report from the Mathematical Association of America.
Why Study Math at UA?
The Department of Mathematics at the University of Alabama hosts over 400 declared majors in our Bachelor of Science program.
There are many excellent reasons to major in math at the University of Alabama:
- We offer a diverse program of study that can stand alone or is perfectly suited to complement a quantitatively focused second major.
- Our majors enjoy individualized advising, allowing our students to form relationships with the faculty.
- We offer several options for completing an advance degree concurrently with undergraduate studies, including an Accelerated Master’s Program in Mathematics and an Accelerated Master’s Program in Math Education.
- We are a very active department, hosting several seminar series and colloquiua, weekly undergraduate tea, and student chapters of national organizations including the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), and the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) Honors Society.
- The University of Alabama, and the Department of Mathematics in particular, offers ample opportunities for undergraduate research. A sample of such projects can be found at the faculty research database.
- Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. Most of our 300+ level classes are taught by faculty in the department. Information regarding faculty research and teaching interests can be found in the departmental faculty research overview.
- Dedicated study space in the Mathematics Undergraduate Lounge on the 3rd floor of Gordon Palmer Hall.
We offer a major in mathematics that awards a bachelor of science (BS) degree.
Students majoring in math can choose from the following optional concentrations:
- Pure Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Statistics and Optimization
- Mathematics Education*
*This track is open to all students and should be followed by those planning to enter the teaching profession in the future. Please note that this track does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in earning teacher certification must be admitted through the College of Education. For more information, visit the campus catalog.
Accelerated Master’s Programs
The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in mathematics is designed for exceptional and highly motivated students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees concurrently. The AMP is an ideal option for strong students with advanced placement in mathematics. More information about the AMP program in mathematics can be found here.
In addition to our major, we offer minors in mathematics and mathematical statistics. A minor in mathematics education is also available; it is designed for students following the College of Education’s mathematics education track. The Culverhouse College of Business has an actuarial science minor that is a good fit for interested math majors (those interested may contact Kenny Wunder).
Learn about the course requirements for our major and minors in the Department of Mathematics section of the UA Undergraduate Catalog.