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Major in the College of Natural Sciences

Major Mathematics2

The Mathematics Department is known throughout the world for its distinguished faculty and stimulating mathematical environment.

It has an excellent research reputation, a strong graduate program and a full range of outstanding undergraduate programs. The department has a long tradition of outreach to schools in central Texas, including the popular Saturday Morning Math Group program that brings extra-curricular education to high school and middle school students and mathematics enthusiasts in Austin and across the state.

Mathematics offers a spectrum of degrees, designed for general cultural background, work in industry, teaching, science, as well as for graduate study in mathematics. For additional information on the career field and becoming a mathematician, visit the American Mathematical Society for Students, Mathematical Association of America for Students, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for Students websites.

Declaration Requirements


Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


Step 1:Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level mathematics majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements.

Required Courses


All degrees will require students to gain a facility with proofs; some have specific requirements such as facility with a computer language. In general, the professional and faculty advisors will help students design a degree program that will meet the student's goals. View the degree requirements for the mathematics major. For additional information, view course descriptions and course syllabi for the Department of Mathematics.



Mathematics degrees offered include bachelor of arts in mathematics (standard or teaching), bachelor of science and arts, as well as four bachelor of science options. The bachelor of science options are as follows:

Actuarial Science

Within the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics one may choose to focus their upper division mathematics study in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics, probability, and data analysis. Advisors are available to help you plan your courses based on your individual academic and career goals.



Students are often described as curious and bright. Depending upon the individual, students often have an interest in a particular area and then utilize quantitative reasoning to study topic or further draw conclusions from existing research. Since the content is clearly numbers oriented, students have an interest in absolute answers and must have the ability to be accurate. Students can gain experience outside of the classroom through organizations such as the Math Club.


  • Skills in problem solving
  • Ability to function in logical and abstract manner
  • Ability to analyze and interpret graphic, statistical, or numerical data
  • Critical thinking skills including reasoning and analyzing
  • Ability to think conceptually and understand components of complex problems
  • Ability to visualize data and draw accurate conclusions from studies (often government or medical)
  • Interpersonal communication skills when sharing quantitative results in business and industry

Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.


It’s not just your major that matters! Make yourself marketable by gaining a variety of experiences in college. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.

Contact a Texas Career Engagement career counselor today to find out how you can turn your major into a career.