The Department of Mathematics provides students with an extensive educational background in mathematics, mathematical programming and actuarial science.

The department encourages students to develop their own interests under the guidance of faculty. Students may take part in independent study or faculty-student research projects. They also have opportunities to present research papers at annual meetings sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Students and faculty members attend these meetings, at which mathematicians from around the world speak on the most recent advances in the field. Actuarial science majors also have an opportunity for internships in the actuarial field. Additionally, students are adequately guided and prepared for passing some of the examinations offered by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and Society of Actuaries (SOA).

Program Details The Mathematics Department offers three majors and two minors. more » close »


Actuarial Science — Prepare students for careers as actuaries, who assess risk and operate in variety of insurance, financial and consulting environments.

Mathematics — The mathematics major focuses on the most significant branches of mathematics, including real analysis, abstract algebra and finite mathematics, and provides a program that gives students a balanced view of pure and applied aspects of modern mathematics.

Mathematical Programming — The mathematical programming major provides a blend of mathematics and computer science. In addition to acquiring a solid mathematical background, mathematical programming students also study applications through courses in business, economics and computer languages.

Secondary Mathematics Education (Education Department) — The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education program provides students with the academic knowledge, learning strategies and teaching approaches needed to be successful mathematics teachers. Mathematics education candidates will gain certification to teach math, grades 6 through 12. 


Minor in Mathematics

Minor in Mathematical Programming

What Can You Do With These Degrees? Mathematics students find rewarding careers and graduate programs upon graduation. more » close »

Daniel Ehrmann '14 stands next to a palm tree with a rubix cube in hand.As an Honors student at UT, Daniel Ehrmann '14 attended the MASS (Mathematics Advanced Study Semester) program at Penn State University, where he took advanced upper-level math classes. As a sophomore, he participated in the Putnam Competition, considered the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world. He is now a Ph.D. student in mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of research include algebra, combinatorics and geometry, specifically Khovanskii bases and tropical geometry.

Graduates of the UT mathematics program are employed in teaching and research on all levels of physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences. An undergraduate degree in mathematics from UT also provides excellent preparation for graduate school. Alumni have gone on into successful careers in a variety of different fields such as revenue management, education and insurance. 

    Extracurricular Activities Students can join clubs or participate in math competitions to enhance their studies at the University. more » close »

    Student Organizations

    The Math Club meets once a month from September through May, and membership is open to all students. The club provides the opportunity to socialize and share ideas. Members also learn about careers in math, tutoring opportunities, have opportunities to go to conferences and give presentations.

    The Pi MU Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society is a mathematics society consisting of chapters at approved institutions of learning. Its purpose is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among students. Members are elected on an honorary basis according to their proficiency in mathematics, and engage in activities designed to promote mathematical and scholarly development.

    Math Competitions

    The UT Integration Competition is an annual competition among UT students to solve tough integration problems. This activity motivates students to learn more about integration and to develop problem-solving skills in a limited time.

    The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Examination is a competition for undergraduate students from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. The examination tests originality as well as technical competence.