At Clarkson, you develop critical thinking and analytical skills that are useful for a wide variety of careers in a program that emphasizes applied mathematics taught exclusively by faculty.

Mathematics is the study of numbers, functions, geometrical forms, abstract logical structures and their associated relationships. In addition to providing an essential foundation for scientific and technical fields, mathematics is studied for the intellectual appeal, challenge and application to real-life problems.

In our mathematics undergraduate bachelor's degree program, our small class sizes deliver the individual attention that you deserve with an opportunity to participate in research as early as in your freshman year. You can even look to take graduate classes to be a well-prepared undergraduate in your later years.

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Mathematics Careers

Clarkson mathematics majors go on to work in industries, businesses or government agencies as mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries. They've been recruited by companies such as Google or have gone on to become mathematics teachers or professors. Many have chosen to continue their education in graduate programs in mathematics or related fields, including in Clarkson own M.S. and Ph.D. programs in mathematics.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has extensive information on careers in mathematics on their careers page.

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Spotlight On: Class of 2019
Clarkson mathematics major Alicia Mangal found a job in the data science market

Alicia Mangal '19, from Schenectady, New York, immigrated to the United States with her family from Guyana when she was 8 years old and is the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

She will be working for SRCtec in Syracuse as a Manufacturing Analyst while she pursues her master’s degree. The former business major became interested in data analytics after taking a statistics course taught by Sumona Mondal, associate professor of Mathematics at Clarkson.

Read more about how Alicia and her classmates Chris Carter and Ryan Burnham (all mathematics majors) had positions awaiting them when they collected their diplomas even before Clarkson formalized the new Data Science undergraduate degree program. 

Mathematics Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Mathematics

The mathematics undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of 44 credit hours in mathematics and statistics, 15 credit hours in science and 42 credit hours in free electives. The flexibility of this program allows you to complete a minor or second major if you so choose. As a mathematics major, you can take courses such as:

  • Calculus I,II,III
  • Intro to STEM Math
  • 3-D Space and Projective Geometry
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Discrete Mathematics and Proof
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Number Theory and Its Applications
  • Differential Equations
  • Automata Theory and Formal Languages
  • Cryptography
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Computer Algorithms

Mathematics Major Curriculum

Related Minors

The Department of Mathematics hosts a minor in mathematics that is available to all Clarkson students not majoring in a program hosted by the department. Mathematics majors have the opportunity to explore minors that will complement the mathematics bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks.

Mathematics Minor

Economics Minor

Physics Minor

Statistics Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

Mathematics faculty are constantly doing research in various topics. As early as in your freshman year, you can ask to be part of that research. Also, undergraduate research projects may earn academic credit (either as Directed Study, Undergraduate Research or Honors Thesis) and may involve work during the semester or summer.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

Mathematics majors have broad access to internships and co-ops. Mathematics teaches valuable critical thinking skills that are needed in every domain. The ability to use and interpret data is also an essential skill. Our students have engaged in opportunities at many national research laboratories and research facilities around the world, as well as in a broad collection of businesses.

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