College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Mathematics?

This major establishes a strong foundation in many areas of mathematics. Students will study algebra, geometry, topology, logic, analysis, probability, and differential equations. Subjects of study also include algebraic geometry, combinatorics, optimization, number theory, and applied mathematics. In this program, your coursework will strengthen your abstract thinking and quantitative reasoning. You will leave with both proof-based and applied math as a foundation for your future career. Students have the opportunity to specialize in:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Operations research
  • Teaching (through our Secondary Education option)
  • Graduate studies preparation

Career Options

  • Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

34% employed after graduation

49% attending graduate school

$60,191 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Amazon, Allstate Insurance Company, Epic Systems View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, Boston University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

88% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770