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Reasoning, problem-solving and other skills that have never been more important are the hallmarks of the Mathematics major. It provides the common language for all sciences and is also an important discipline in its own right. It is an art as well as a science; creative mathematical research has even been compared to poetry.

Did You Know?

  • Math-based careers are expected to grow 28% through the rest of this decade. That is appreciably faster than the national average of other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • In the Class of 2021, the most recent for which comparative data are available, Wake Forest ranked in the Top 30 of all research institutions in the portion of undergraduates declaring a major in Mathematics, Statistics or related disciplines. Interest in these areas has grown nearly sixfold in the past decade. 
  • Math majors have been among the most frequent presenters of faculty-mentored projects at Undergraduate Research Day, the celebration of collaboration held each fall.


Sample courses for students studying Mathematics include:

  • Applied Multivariable Mathematics
  • Problem-Solving Seminar
  • Codes and Cryptography
  • Number Theory
  • Probability Models

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Practical Experience & Skills

Specialization within mathematics may be described from two perspectives: (1) from the perspective of a career, the mathematics student may enter teaching (intermediate or secondary), may seek employment in government or industry, or may continue studying mathematics or related fields in graduate school; (2) from the perspective of mathematical content, mathematics is traditionally divided, not precisely to be sure, into pure and applied mathematics.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Logical manner of thinking
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Comfort with abstract concepts
  • Analytical skills
  • Recognition of patterns and hidden similarities within groups of data

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Clubs & Organizations

Mathematics students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Sports Analytics Club
  • Women in STEM

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Mathematics majors include:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Attorney
  • Bank Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Credit Analyst
  • Educator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Physician
  • Project Manager
  • Statistician
  • Technical Advisor
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

Graduates have pursued careers in finance; data analysis; education; law; military service; and medicine, among others.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Mathematics also consider the following programs:


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