Mathematics Majors

 There are four options for students interested in a mathematics major. 

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with emphasis in Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics with emphasis in Data Science
  • Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification

Requirements for mathematics majors

Students planning to major in mathematics may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree. A mathematics major should be prepared to enroll in MA140, Calculus I, or a higher course during the first semester at Millikin. MA098, MA109, MA110, MA112, MA113, MA115, MA130, and MA131 do not count toward a major or minor.

All majors are required to complete the common foundation courses. This foundation is comprised of the following five mathematics courses.

  • MA140. Calculus I
  • MA208. Discrete Mathematics
  • MA240. Calculus II
  • MA303. Linear Algebra
  • MA304. Probability

The department may waive one or more of the foundation course requirements for students with advanced high school mathematics preparation.  For the specific course requirements for each track, see the listings under the Area of Study link on the sidebar.

Mathematics Areas of Study

Mathematics Careers


The teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level is a high-demand field and the need is expected to grow in the future. The place to go for explicit career information is the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics homepage.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial science takes mathematics and statistics and applies them to finance and insurance. Actuarial science includes a number of interrelating disciplines, including probability and statistics, finance, and economics. Check out Be An Actuary.

Computer Science

Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. Mathematicians, with their training in logical and precise thinking, are highly prized in this field. See the student section of the Association for Computing Machinery for career advice.

Operations Research

Operations research is an interdisciplinary branch of mathematics which uses mathematical methods to arrive at optimal decisions to problems in maximizing or minimizing things like costs or profits. The eventual intention behind using Operations Research is to elicit a best possible solution to a problem mathematically, which improves or optimizes the performance of the system. The group INFORMS is the world's largest society devoted to operations research/management science.


Mathematical biology or biomathematics is an interdisciplinary field of study. It models natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques and tools. Results have been applied to areas such as cellular neurobiology, epidemic modeling, and population genetics.


Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information. Cryptography is considered to be a branch of both mathematics and computer science. Not just for spies anymore, cryptography applications include the security of ATM cards and computer passwords.


Finance is a field that studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects. Mathematicians can build models to help explain and predict the behavior of financial markets. Several schools offer Master's degrees in Financial Mathematics.

Check out the Mathematical Association of America website for more information about careers in mathematics.