Mathematics Major

Mathematics majors develop analytical and quantitative skills highly valued by employers and graduate schools.

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The mathematics curriculum is both focused and flexible, with options that will prepare you for careers in government, business, industry and education, or further study in graduate or professional school.

Students may choose to major in mathematics without choosing a concentration.  This allows students to take courses from the full range of courses offered by the department, while still developing areas of expertise in three course groups (chosen by the student from Algebra, Analysis, Applications, Discrete Math, Math Education, Finance, Geometry/Topology, Numerics, and Statistics).


For students who would like to focus their studies further, the mathematics major offers four concentrations.

Pure Mathematics Concentration

Students pursuing pure mathematics are well prepared for positions as researchers and analysts in the public and private sectors. Others continue their studies in graduate school. You can view the degree requirements and a typical four-year plan of study for the pure mathematics concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

Applied Mathematics Concentration

Applied mathematics is an academic area that allows you to use your knowledge of mathematical theories and methods to solve practical problems in real-world settings. Graduates go on to mathematics-based careers in science, engineering, business, computer science, industry and government. You can view degree requirements and a typical four-year plan of study for the applied mathematics concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Actuarial Science and Risk Management Concentration

Actuarial science and risk management opens doors to a world of career opportunities in the actuarial and financial professions. Graduates are in great demand by investment banks, insurance companies and brokerage houses to assess and manage financial risk. You can view degree requirements and a typical four-year plan of study for the actuarial science and risk management concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog. Admission into this program requires a formal Application Procedure.

Mathematics Secondary Education Concentration

The mathematics major with the secondary education concentration prepares you to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. This major is offered through the innovative, field-intensive Towson UTeach program. You can view the degree requirements and a typical four-year plan of study for the secondary education concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

The Department of Mathematics offers an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program. Accelerated programs allow you to begin your graduate education as an undergraduate, offering you the opportunity to save time and money while you advance your academic career. The combined B.S. in Mathematics/M.S. in Applied and Industrial Mathematics enables students to substitute nine credits in the Applied and Industrial Mathematics program for undergraduate classes in the Mathematics major.

Why Towson University?

Academic Advantages

  • big-school resources with small-school attention
  • highly individualized advising and extensive student support
  • three active student mathematics clubs offering guest speakers and activities related to problem-solving and career preparation
  • an Applied Mathematics Laboratory where select, advanced students work on research for a local industry or business