What you'll learn as a mathematics major at UW-Platteville
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. In your classes, you’ll work in small groups and benefit from one-on-one time with faculty, maximizing your learning opportunities.
Mathematics is essential in many fields of study:
- Natural science
- Social sciences
Careers in mathematics
Mathematicians generally excel at addressing complex problems, using critical-thinking skills and data-driven analysis to arrive at solutions. People who study mathematics tend to choose the field because they enjoy and have an aptitude for working with numbers. Mathematics professionals often work with computers and technology, in business finance or financial operations roles for private companies or government employers, in sales or management roles, or as teachers.
Graduates of our program have gone on to pursue jobs at major employers such as State Farm Insurance, Hughes Aircraft, EPIC, Bell Laboratories, IBM, Texas Instruments, and Employers Insurance.
If you intend to pursue an advanced degree at another institution after your undergraduate studies, rest assured that our program can provide the strong foundation you need to achieve your goals. If you choose to go into teaching in middle/high schools, we offer a range of courses for teacher preparation, as well.
The mathematics department offers many options for majors and minors that give you the skills to work in areas including:
- Actuarial science
- Accounting and finance
- Computer science
- Operations research
- Teaching (primary, secondary, and post-secondary)
- Financial or market analysis
- Financial planning
- Software engineering
Law and medicine are other careers that require excellent mathematical skills.
As you can see, a mathematics education can prepare you for a variety of careers. While some positions may require advanced degrees, a four-year degree with a major or minor in mathematics can open the door to many rewarding roles. In fact, the median wage for mathematics-related careers trends higher than the median wage for all other fields.
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Mathematics at UW-Platteville includes experiential learning opportunities.
Whether you choose to major or minor in mathematics, you can take advantage of hands-on, student-centered learning opportunities designed to improve your mathematics knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Mathematics program highlights
- Department of Mathematics faculty represent specializations in statistics, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics.
- Calculus and higher courses are taught by Ph.D. faculty members.
- Advanced students may earn money and gain experience as a math tutor.
- Graduates are prepared for rewarding and high-paying careers.
- If you are pursuing a mathematics degree in middle and secondary education, there is a promise of financial relief backed by UW-Platteville through a program that will help you repay your loans once you've graduated. Learn more about LRAP.
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 UW-Platteville.
Camille Felton, President of the Math Club and math honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon
E's 2 STEM Program addresses STEM teacher shortages
UW-Platteville is helping to recruit promising high school seniors to travel the path to become highly-qualified high school STEM educators.
Math Club is for anyone with an interest in mathematics. Typically, the activities are social or academic, however some activities are service oriented and others are designed to raise money for the club.