​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Whether you're interested in theoretical or applied mathematics, statistics or actuarial science, CMU's math programs will help you build problem-solving skills for a wide range of careers. Working with faculty supported by National Science Foundation grants, you'll apply the equations and theories you've learned in class and present your research results at the annual campuswide Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. Student organizations such as Kappa Mu Epsilon, Gamma Iota Sigma Nu and the Statistics Club also prepare you for the professional world.

Points of Pride

  • Since 2002, CMU's Mathematics department is home to a nationally renowned summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program attracts students from across the United States.
  • More than two dozen research publications have resulted from CMU undergraduate projects and have appeared in prestigious journals such as the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics.
  • CMU's annual Fleming Lecture Series brings to campus some of the world’s best mathematical minds, including Sir Timothy Gowers, Terence Tao and S.R.S. Varadhan.
  • You’ll have access to free tutors at CMU's Mathematics Assistance Centers in Park Library and Troutman Hall.

Put Your Degree to Work

Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. They may work on teams with engineers, scientists and other professionals.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Mathematician$101,360 per year23% (800 more jobs)
Statistician$75,560 per year27% (7,400 more jobs)
Actuary$93,680 per year26% (6,300 more jobs)

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Mathematics Major

Total: 36 semester hours Note to students with Mathematics major and Statistics minor or Statistics major and Mathematics minor: these combinations are permitted only if another major or minor is also obtained. Note to students with Actuarial Science major and Mathematics major or Mathematics minor: for this combination, student must take 6 hours of MTH or STA courses numbered 300 or above which are not counted toward the Actuarial Science major. Note to student with Mathematics major and Statistics major with Mathematics track: on the Mathematics major, at least 9 hours at the 300 level or above must not be counted on the Statistics major. Also, student must have an outside major or minor. Note to students with Statistics major with Application track: Student must have a minor in an area other than Mathematics or another major.
Required Courses I
(24 hours)
MTH 132
Calculus I
MTH 133
Calculus II
MTH 223
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
MTH 233
Calculus III
MTH 332
Introduction to Mathematical Proof
MTH 499
Capstone Course in Mathematics
MTH 523
Modern Algebra I
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
MTH 532
Advanced Calculus I
MTH 545
Introduction to Point-Set Topology
(9 hours)
Nine or more hours of electives are to be selected from MTH, STA, or CPS in consultation with and approved by a mathematics advisor and must be numbered MTH 296 or higher, STA 382QR or higher, or CPS 181 or higher. See notes on double counting below. MTH 175 (3) Discrete Mathematics may be included as an elective. If MTH 175 is included, then at least 33 hours of the total hours must be in mathematics or statistics.

 Grads on Fire

Curtis Huge, ’13, is a materials planner and scheduler at Neapco Drivelines.

Lindsay Troshak, ’12, is a business analyst at Auto-Owners Insurance.

David Creech, ’12, is an analytics and modeling associate for Urban Science.

Spencer Hall, ’09, is an actuarial analyst at Hagerty Insurance.

Amanda (Munro) Smith, ’08, is a senior billing analyst for the Hanover Insurance Group.

Philip Westgate, ’06, is an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Kentucky.

Jonathan Brege, ’05, is a petroleum technologist for Shell Oil Company.

Todd Merz, ’96, is a rating analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan.

Gary Westerdale, ’87, is the vice president of maintenance and operations support at AngloGold Ashanti.

 Fired Up and Focused

Shaila Segal

Shaila Segal

Hometown: Pomfret, Connecticut
Major: Mathematics and Statistics​

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