Mathematical Sciences (B.S./B.A.)


Even though the term “mathematician” may conjure visions of windowless rooms filled with number crunchers, the reality is quite different. Demand is high for the analytical and critical skills that you will develop as a mathematical sciences major. In 2011, mathematics was named the second best job by, based on environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. Mathematical sciences graduates have careers in a wide range of industries, specialties and work environments in business, engineering, government (e.g., National Security Agency), industry, science and many other professions. At Clemson, an undergraduate study in traditional mathematics, applied mathematics, computational math or actuarial science/financial mathematics, as well as statistics and operations research will quickly prepare you for these career opportunities.


  • Job areas for mathematical sciences majors that may not be immediately obvious are cryptography/cryptanalysis, city planning, epidemiologist, foreign exchange trader, technical writer and air traffic controller.
  • Our department has about 231 undergraduate and 125 graduate students and 84 full-time faculty members.
  • The B.S. has a biology concentration, which is great for students interested in attending medical school.
  • Our combined bachelor’s/master’s plan could save you a year in earning both degrees.
  • In 2011, the median annual income for the profession was $94,178.
  • We offer both a B.A. and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences.


From developing your iPhone® to quantifying global warming rates and climate change, mathematics is an unseen part of our everyday lives. Even though it might not be readily visible to the general public, mathematical scientists have been responsible for some of the most striking changes in science and technology today. At Clemson, you can experience the power of mathematics as a science in search of pattern, form and structure, operating around numbers, algorithms, ideas and models. It’s definitely a great major for those who want to help shape the future of our lives.

There are options for either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical sciences. The Bachelor of Arts option requires a few more liberal arts classes and includes a minor. The Bachelor of Arts does not require lab science course work. Typically secondary education math majors follow this degree program.

In the Bachelor of Science program, options are available for a biology concentration — perfect for being pre-med — or one of several emphasis areas. The biology concentration requires that more biology courses fulfill the science requirements than the standard B.S. option. The B.S. emphasis areas are abstract mathematics, actuarial science/financial mathematics, applied and computational mathematics, computer science, operations research/management science, statistics and applied statistics. 

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan: In our dual-degree program, up to 12 hours of classwork can be used for both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematical sciences. This is a great choice if you want to get a graduate degree since it saves a year over the usual sequencing of the two degrees separately.


The Department of Mathematical Sciences has several research, educational and pre-professional opportunities for student involvement locally, throughout the U.S. and even abroad.

The Clemson University Actuarial Club provides a better understanding of the actuarial profession (deals with risk management), assistance in preparing for actuarial exams and interaction with actuarial students and faculty.
Students are challenged with research discoveries that originate from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. These team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) provides resources and activities that foster scholarship, professional growth and cooperation among students, teachers and other professionals.
The Research Experience for Undergraduates program is typically funded by National Science Foundation grants. Like summer jobs, students are paid to work with mathematical science researchers.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is an organization for students, professors and professionals interested and involved in mathematics and its applications to the real world.
Because of Clemson’s international visibility, the University has cooperative arrangements with other institutions around the world.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


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  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Research Statistician

    Medical University of South Carolina
  • Scientist

    Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Global Software Analyst

    Integration Point


  • Ph.D.

    Brown University
  • Ph.D.

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D.

    University of Virginia


  • Banking, Insurance, Finance
    • Credit Lending 
    • Risk Management 
    • Investment Banking
    • Financial Analysis 
    • Actuarial Science 
    • Securities Research
  • Research and Development
    • Budget Analysis
      • Industry
        • Software Engineering 
        • Software Development 
        • Systems Analysis 
        • Information Systems 
        • Market Research
        • Operations Research Analysis 
        • Quality Control
      • Cryptanalysis and Cryptography
        • Forensic Analysis
          • Science
            • Epidemiology and Medicine
            • Genomics
            • Mathematical Biophysics 
            • Biostatistics
            • Climatology
            • Computational Biology
          • Education
            • Government
              • Military Intelligence

            Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.

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