Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in a math degree program?

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers two degree programs—a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science—as well as numerous specializations to fit your interests. They are all designed to increase your analytical and logical thinking, improve your problem-solving skills, preparing you for a career in a wide variety of fields.

Learning outcomes

The bachelor of arts degree provides a traditional liberal arts experience through a balanced course of study in the arts, humanities, foreign language, social and natural sciences. The bachelor of science degree is an "expanded major," which provides a more intense experience in mathematics, statistics, computing and science.

Regardless of which option you chose, math and stats majors take courses that cover calculus, linear algebra, statistics and analysis, among other topics. Math majors graduate with the ability to use mathematical concepts and models to solve problems. 

In addition to a general emphasis, students can specialize in applied mathematics, discrete mathematics/operations research or statistics. 

About the department

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of ways for students to get involved in math outside the classroom. Our faculty welcome undergraduate students to participate in research projects, providing valuable real-world math experience that can help you network, gain research skills and prepare for graduate study or a career.

We also have an undergraduate math club that competes in math competitions and provides a way for students to meet other undergraduates with similar interests.

Options in the math degree program

  • Minor in mathematics

    A math minor is a great way for students interested in math to gain a concentration in the field and can serve as a good complement to a number of degree programs, from engineering to physics to business and information systems. The department offers both a minor in math and a minor in statistics.

  • Minor in statistics

    A statistics minor prepares you to understand basic principles of probability and statistics and provides the skills to use data to construct arguments and analyze them critically. A minor in statistics is a great addition to almost any degree program, from journalism to biology and more. 

  • Secondary education and mathematics

    The NevadaTeach program is a dual-degree program where you can complement your bachelor's degree in mathematics with a degree in secondary education. In addition to the range of mathematics careers, graduates of  the NevadaTeach program are prepared for a career teaching math at the middle- and high-school levels. 

Careers with a degree in math

A degree in math not only provides expertise in mathematical topics but also equips graduates with critical thinking and reasoning skills that employers value. So it's no surprise that math majors can be found in a wide range of industries.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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