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Mathematics BS

Your degree in mathematics from the University of Central Missouri will open doors to many careers.  Mathematicians have skills that are in high demand, and employers value their  analytical and problem solving skills.  As a mathematics major, you will study interesting mathematical content and have opportunities to apply that knowledge as you participate in research, projects, and mathematical competitions.  After completing the program, you’ll be well-prepared for a career in business, industry, or government, or for a graduate program in mathematics or a related area.

Work With The Best!

Mathematics faculty members at UCM make teaching a priority. They make every effort to know their students and provide personal attention. These faculty members are also active researchers in their fields, regularly presenting their original work at conferences and publishing in professional journals. As a student, you will have the opportunity to work with these faculty members on joint projects that often result in published papers and presentations at regional and national conferences.

What classes will I take?

Required courses include the calculus sequence, differential equations, linear algebra, and courses in modern algebra, analysis and statistics.  In addition you will choose electives from a list which includes combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, probability, statistics and computer science.  For a complete list, click the Program of Study link on the left side of this page.

Careers in Mathematics

Past graduates of the Mathematics program at UCM have gone on to careers as:

  • Mathematician
  • Cryptanalyst or cryptographer
  • Data analyst
  • Research geneticist
  • Business consultant
  • Operations research analyst
  • Actuary
  • Teacher

Many graduates have gone on to graduate school in mathematics, physics, computer science and economics.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Numerous scholarships are available specifically for mathematics majors.  In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as a tutor or teaching assistant.  For a full list of scholarships visit

Get involved!

Explore mathematics outside the classroom by joining a mathematics student organization.  These include:

  • the Missouri Beta Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, mathematics honor society, and
  • a student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America

By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and national mathematics competitions.


“The UCM Math department has given me all the tools that I need to succeed in graduate school and for the rest of my math career.  The faculty go out of their way to assist every student in meeting their academic goals.”

James Gossell, 2016, Mathematics


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