Major and Minors

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A degree in mathematics from Iowa State University provides you with a strong foundation in problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills, making you highly valuable in a wide range of industries. Graduates of our program have gone on to successful careers in fields such as finance, technology, data science, engineering, and research.

Your degree can lead to exciting opportunities, such as working as an actuary, an investment banker, a computer programmer, or a statistician. In addition, it can provide a strong foundation for graduate studies in fields such as economics, business, and law. No matter what career path you choose, a degree in mathematics will provide you with a competitive edge and the skills needed to excel in your chosen field. With the support of our experienced faculty members and extensive resources, the Mathematics Department at Iowa State University is the perfect place to start your journey towards an exciting and rewarding career.

Major and pathways

Core curriculum

All Math majors are required to earn 19-20 credits in core courses including: Math 101, Math 165, Math 166, Math 201, Math 265 as well as either Math 317 or Math 407.

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    The traditional mathematics degree program offers training suitable for students planning to work in industry or to continue their studies in graduate school.

    In addition, pathways are also available in Mathematics with Applications, Mathematics with Teacher Preparation, and Mathematics with Actuarial Science Certificate.

    Students can also major in actuarial science through Iowa State’s Ivy College of Business.

  • Mathematics Minor

    A minor in mathematics offers a versatile complement to your major, which can provide a competitive edge in fields where quantitative analysis and logical reasoning are essential.

  • Applied Mathematics Minor

    By focusing on the computational aspects of mathematics, an applied mathematics minor provides students with valuable problem-solving skills to enhance their capabilities in fields such as engineering, economics, computer science, and beyond.