The study of mathematics is motivated by its wide applicability and its intrinsic beauty. Mathematical theories often grow out of problems that appear in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, economics, finance and the social sciences. Applications often draw on mathematics that was created for completely different purposes.
The mathematics program at William and Mary allows students to design a major based on their own interests and career goals and prepares students for post-baccalaureate employment and for further study of mathematical sciences and related disciplines. There are three concentrations within the major:
- Standard Concentration
- Applied Mathematics Concentration
- Pre-College Mathematics Teaching Concentration
Study options include applied and pure mathematics, operations research, and statistics.
Students may also pursue a mathematics minor; and design elective programs needed for careers in actuarial science and industrial mathematics, for interdisciplinary work in fields such as economics, business and social sciences, or for graduate studies.