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Mathematics Program

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Why Study math?

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





Math Makes Money


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 2018, those from the STEM disciplines are expected to receive the highest starting salaries, according to results of NACE's Winter 2018 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, almost the same as the 2017 projection.

  • Computer science fields - Overall starting salary projected at $66,005. 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 - Graduates in these fields are expected to average $61,867, an increase of 4.2% over 2017.  Those earning physics degrees will see the largest salary bump, $69,000

  • Business - Majors land in the fourth spot, with a projected starting average salary of $56,720.

  • Among the remaining broad categories on the list, Business, Social Science and Humanities all average about $56,700.  AG and Natural Resources average $53,565 and Communication majors average $51,488.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics



Contact Us

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Fall and Spring Hours: 8 am - 5 pm
Summer Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Campus Location: Ross Hall Rm. #327
Mailing Address: Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071-3036
Phone: 307-766-4221
Fax: 307-766-6838
Mathematics Email: Gauss@uwyo.edu
Statistics Email: Statistics@uwyo.edu
Math Placement Program: Math-Registration@uwyo.edu