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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838

Math Department

Email: gauss@uwyo.edu

Statistics Department

Email: statistics@uwyo.edu

Why Study Mathematics?

"The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.”
– Charles Caleb Colt

Mathematics is a demanding intellectual pursuit, but one that can be interesting, exciting and challenging. People like its clarity and the satisfaction of knowing when you have the right answer to a problem. Further, a math degree requires sound analytical skills and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment. This proves to be an advantage when considering careers in fields other than math. Suppose you love mathematics, but ultimately see yourself pursuing a career as a doctor, lawyer, or in business. You should be aware that professional graduate schools in medicine, law, and business think mathematics is a great major and that their entrance tests support this bias; the more math you know the better you will do on their exams.

The National Institute of Education conducted a study comparing the scores of 550,000 college students who took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), with data collected over the previous eighteen years. The study showed that students majoring in mathematics received scores substantially higher than the average on each of the tests.

"But I'm not interested in a grad degree! After being a college student for four years I need to make some money!"

Not to worry! Did you know mathematicians are some of the best paid professionals in the country?

If you want to take your bachelor degree straight to the job market, math will serve you well, when considering potential salaries. Among bachelor's degree graduates from the Class of 2016, those from the STEM disciplines are expected to receive the highest starting salaries, according to results of NACE's Winter 2016 Salary Survey. Further, the top three projected salaries are for engineering, computer sciences, and math and sciences graduates. The following chart was extracted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers helps emphasize this:

  • Engineering degrees - Overall, the average salary for bachelor's degree graduates is projected to be $64,891, up 3 percent over the Class of 2015 ($62,998).

  • Computer science fields - Overall starting salary projected at $61,321. Two of the three reported computer science disciplines also top the $60,000 mark, while the third- information science and systems falls just below that mark ($59,810).

  • Mathematics and Science - Are in high demand by employers; overall, graduates in these fields are expected to average $55,087.

  • Business - Majors land in the fourth spot, with a projected starting average salary of $52,236, an increase from the projected $51,508 for Class of 2015 graduates.

  • Among the remaining broad categories on the list, only the salary projection for humanities majors improved from last year—to $46,065 from $45,042

 

“If you stop at general math, then you will only make general money.”
– Snoop Dogg


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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838

Math Department

Email: gauss@uwyo.edu

Statistics Department

Email: statistics@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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