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Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The mathematics major can emphasize the study of classical pure mathematics or it can explore applications of mathematical knowledge to other fields. Students choose from a rich variety of courses in analysis, algebra, topology, geometry, probability, statistics, and logic to tailor a program that meets their individual needs and interests. As the language of modern science, mathematics combines well with serious study in another subject in the physical, biological or social sciences by means of a double major and/or concentration. Recent Cornell graduates who majored in mathematics have embraced a variety of careers, professions and possibilities for post-graduate study, including positions in government, non-profit organizations, computer science, investment banking, actuarial analysis, business consulting, education, and research.  

Interesting Classes

  • Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World
  • Prove It!
  • Wavelets and Fourier Series
  • Applicable Algebra
  • Educational Issues in Undergraduate Mathematics
  • Applicable Geometry

Students went on to...

  • Study genetics at Stanford University
  • Be an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch
  • Study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


More Information

More information for the Mathematics major, Mathematics minor, Mathematics graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.