Rice University Math

Undergraduate Mathematics Degree

Mathematics lies at the foundation of many disciplines in the sciences, engineering fields, and the social sciences, and this influence is growing as these subjects become increasingly quantitative. Recognizing this important role in the wide variety of directions available to our degree recipients, the program in mathematics provides undergraduates with a spectrum of choices. These range from nontheoretical treatments of calculus and courses in combinatorics, elementary number theory, and projective geometry to a broad variety of sophisticated mathematics, including real and complex analysis, differential geometry, abstract algebra, algebraic and geometric topology, algebraic geometry, dynamics, and partial differential equations.

Degree Options

The Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Math Minor. We also encourage students to investigate the possibility of a double major. In conjunction with your advisor, you can design a program to allow you to meet the requirements of a math degree as well as another major such as computer science, physics or economics.


Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences and a demanding major. Mathematicians need to have good reasoning ability in order to identify, analyze, and apply basic logical principles to technical problems. This skill can be used in a large number of professional situations so those with a degree in mathematics are in demand for a great variety of occupations.

Take a look at the range of industries and various jobs in mathematics some of our former students have gone into.

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