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Why you should major in mathematics

For many students and employers, mathematics has become recognized as the most versatile of all undergraduate college majors. If you enjoy math, science and engineering, and if you tend to be drawn to the mathematical aspects of these subjects, then it could be that becoming a math major is the right academic path for you. A challenging mathematics education develops problem-solving abilities and teaches versatility and adaptability.

In 1998, the Nebraska Department of Mathematics was the recipient of two important awards: the University of Nebraska’s university-wide (a four-campus system) Department Teaching Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation. More than half of our faculty also have won teaching awards. Our department is noted for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Combined with this friendly environment are the learning experiences that will give you the background to succeed after graduation. The department is located on the second floor of Avery Hall, with the main office in 203 Avery.

Please peruse our site or contact our undergraduate advisor, Doug Pellatz, with questions.

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Career 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. Employment of recent Nebraska graduates includes:

  • Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial Resources Corporation
  • Equity Research Analyst, Lehman Brothers
  • IT Architect/Specialist, IBM
  • Senior Bank Specialist, Cabela's World's Foremost Bank
  • Software Engineer, Google, Inc