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Mathematics is known as the “Queen of the Sciences”, and for good reason:  without mathematics, few of the scientific and technological achievements of human history would have been possible. Mathematicians analyze and solve complex problems by tapping into the immense body of existing mathematical knowledge while also inventing new mathematical techniques to address current-day issues.

Ensuring that students develop a mastery of mathematical tools and reasoning to perform in today’s high-tech environment is the mission of the University of South Carolina’s Department of Mathematics. Home to the internationally recognized Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI) for advanced research, the Department of Mathematics offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Students majoring in Mathematics may choose from one of four pathways:

  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Applied Mathematics, or
  • Actuarial Mathematics

 Career opportunities in mathematics are many.  A bachelor’s degree in mathematics can provide entry into fields such as business, industrial management, engineering, teaching, banking, insurance, government service, the military, operations research, finance, cryptography, geology, life sciences, and behavioral sciences.  Mathematics graduates can also become meteorologists, stockbrokers, economists, actuaries, computer programmers, systems analysts, investment analysts, statisticians, and accountants.

A recent survey shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have a common element:  mathematics.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Douglas B. Meade, Undergraduate Director, 803-777-5313,

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