As a mathematics student at UW-Platteville, you’ll develop your analytical skills, enhance your problem-solving abilities, and discover the tools you need for sound quantitative and statistical reasoning. You’ll study topics such as quantity, structure, space and change, and gain the skills essential to landing in-demand careers in fields like actuarial science, computer science, operations research, biomathematics, and cryptography. 

You’ll work in small groups and benefit from one-on-one time with faculty, maximizing your learning opportunities. Faculty represent specializations in statistics, and pure and applied mathematics. All courses of calculus or higher are taught by PhD faculty members.

Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance, and the social sciences. Graduates of the mathematics program will be prepared for successful careers as teachers and professors, actuaries, statisticians, financial or market analysts, researchers, computer programmers or software engineers.

Choose how your needs will best be suited by selecting an optional area of emphasis.

Actuarial Science

An emphasis in actuarial science will provide not only the background to work in an actuarial career but also a solid foundation in mathematics. Those with an emphasis in actuarial science usually graduate with one or two completed actuarial exams. An option for a minor in business ensures a strong background in business.

Applied Mathematics

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis in Applied Mathematics will prepare students for a variety of careers in business or industry. Students who complete this major will be more marketable in multiple fields such as science, engineering, business, and computer science. The Applied Mathematics emphasis will also provide the core mathematics courses necessary to be successful in graduate school. 


An emphasis in finance will provide a strong background in both mathematics and finance. You will be prepared for a career in financial counseling or business.

Mathematics in Secondary Education

The mathematics in secondary education emphasis will prepare you to teach either middle school or high school mathematics. You’ll acquire the skills needed to teach mathematics, but will also gain a solid foundation in mathematics, which can be used outside of teaching as well.