Why Choose Mathematics?

Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. Studying mathematics develops your analytical skills, enhances your problem-solving abilities, and gives you tools to use in disciplines that rely on quantitative and statistical reasoning.

Mathematics is essential in many fields of study:

  • Natural science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Finance
  • Social sciences


Our wide variety of mathematics courses offers many options for degree majors and minors that give you the skills to work in areas including:

  • Actuarial science
  • Computer science
  • Operations research
  • Biomathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Teaching
  • Statistics
  • Financial or market analysis
  • Research
  • Software engineering

Law and medicine are other careers that require excellent mathematical skills.

In your classes, you’ll work in small groups and benefit from one-on-one time with faculty, maximizing your learning opportunities.

At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, you can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, mathematics in secondary education, or mathematics with an emphasis in either actuarial studies or finance, or earn a minor in mathematics, mathematics in secondary education, or mathematics for middle school teachers.

Mathematics Program Highlights

  • Faculty represent specializations in statistics, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics.
  • Calculus and higher courses are taught by PhD faculty members.
  • Advanced students may earn money and gain experience as a math tutor.
  • Graduates are prepared for rewarding and high-paying careers.

One of our students says it all:
"The Math department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has given me countless opportunities to grow as a student as well as a person. I really appreciate all the help and guidance the math professors have given me during my time at Platteville."

Camille Felton, president of the Math Club and math honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon.