The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. It is the science of quantitative relationships using numbers and symbols. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems.
At IUPUI, you can choose one of four areas of concentration: actuarial science, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or pure mathematics.
This option provides you with the strong background in mathematics, statistics, and economics necessary to analyze financial risks. You’ll graduate prepared to take the first three actuarial examinations administered by the professional actuarial organizations. It also includes coursework satisfying two of the three VEE (Validation by Educational Experience) subjects required by the professional organizations' preliminary education structure.
This degree program is designed for students who want a broad foundation in applied and computational mathematics. Students with training in applied mathematics are employed in a wide variety of positions in business, industry, and government. You’ll also be prepared for graduate study in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering and statistics.
With a concentration in applied statistics, students will be well-prepared to design methods to collect and interpret data to aid planning, decision making and research in a wide variety of industries.
Studying pure mathematics will prepare you for a variety of careers in the mathematical sciences as well as for graduate work in mathematics. Pure math students have also been successful with graduate studies in other fields including computer science, economics, engineering, law, medicine, and business.
Undergraduate students in the math department are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. Our students have opportunities for research in mathematics as well as computer science, physics and the life health sciences in partnership with other departments within the School of Science or across campus. Students who participate in undergraduate research may work one-on-one with world-renowned faculty and often receive financial support.
Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in mathematics offers students an opportunity to conduct mathematical research with applications in the medical sciences and bioengineering. Each year, we invite eight undergraduate students from across the United States to participate in this competitive, seven-week summer program, which takes place on the IUPUI campus.
Students can also participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) which allows them to work with a mentor to write a proposal for a substantive research project to be completed during the academic year. Students will acquire research skills, learn about ethics in research and scientific writing, and improve their oral communication skills by presenting their research.