As our society becomes more technological, it is increasingly affected by mathematics. Quite sophisticated mathematics is now central to the natural sciences, ecological issues, economics and our commercial and technical life. A student who takes general-level courses in mathematics will better understand the world and be prepared to act in it.
Mathematics is, at the same time, a subject of the greatest depth and beauty with a history extending from antiquity. The department attempts to make this depth and beauty manifest. The undergraduate major introduces students to some fundamental fields — algebra, real and complex analysis, geometry and topology — and to the habit of mathematical thought. Mathematics majors may go on to graduate school, scientific research, finance, actuarial science or mathematics teaching, but many choose the major for its inherent interest.