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Mathematics, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

The study of math allows you to thrive in a knowledge-based economy. Learn to logically and critically evaluate situations and develop effective problem-solving strategies for a wide range of ideas and data.

Mathematics is a dynamic and collaborative field and provides an excellent background that benefits anyone pursuing a career where problem-solving, high-level analysis, critical thinking and persistence are useful. Choose from general mathematics, actuarial science, secondary education and applied mathematics.

Program Highlights

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    Advanced Courses

    Prepare for graduate school with a broad selection of regularly-offered Honors sections of upper-level courses.

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    Practical Experience

    Get opportunities to participate in state and federally-funded projects by joining in research with math faculty.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Make a successful transition to graduate school in mathematics as well as other disciplines.

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    Notable Programs

    Take advantage of opportunities of studying abroad and Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer programs.

What You’ll Study

Build sought-after skills and habits of mind for a productive, rewarding career. Enjoy smaller class sizes. Gain foundational abilities in linear and abstract algebra as well as proficiency in logic, set theory, functions and fundamental methods of mathematical proof. Electives are available in applied math, geometry, discrete math and more.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Innovation

    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Insurance Actuary
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst

Workplace Settings

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Insurance
  • Education

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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