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Mathematics is the most fundamental of all sciences, having applications in almost every area of human endeavor including

  • biology
  • biomedical sciences
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • economics
  • engineering
  • finance
  • geography
  • geology
  • operations research
  • physics

The study of math at Duquesne provides students with knowledge of the theoretical basis of the field, appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the discipline, skill in interpreting the concepts underlying quantitative procedures, and the ability to apply modern mathematical techniques and tools to practical problems.

Career Fields


  • Elementary education
  • High school teaching in public or private school
  • Post-secondary teaching in an undergraduate college or community college
  • Mathematics professor in a university, including graduate programs

Strategies: Gain teaching certification to teach in public schools; be prepared to relocate to states with high demand for teachers; plan to earn an advanced degree (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) for college teaching; talk with math professors about their careers; tutor high school students and/or other undergraduates; attend academic conferences on and off campus; minor in a related discipline such as computer science.


  • Theoretical Mathematician (e.g., analyst, university researcher)
  • Applied Mathematician (e.g., mathematical modeling; computer systems analyst)
  • Federal Government (e.g., Dept. of Defense, NASA)

Strategies: Take advanced level mathematics courses; plan to attain M.S. or Ph.D. in mathematics; consider graduate degrees such as the 4/1 program toward M.S. in Computational Mathematics at Duquesne; gain skills in computer programming and software; minor in Computer Science; gain Certificate in Business; do internships in federal government agencies such as Dept. of Defense; attend academic conferences on and off campus.


  • Federal government agencies (e.g., Bureau of Census; CDC)
  • State government
  • Researcher for “think tanks” (e.g., Rand Corporation)
  • University research specialist in such areas as medicine, bio-engineering, etc.

Strategies: Take advanced statistics courses as an undergraduate (federal government employs  bachelor level candidates to do statistical work, although the position may not have “statistician” in the position title); take computer science and quantitative courses as applied  to various disciplines of possible interest (e.g., biostatistics); consider graduate degrees such as the 4/1 program toward M.S. in Computational Mathematics at Duquesne;  gain Certificate in Business; do internships in government agencies; attend the annual federal government job fair in Pittsburgh (“.gov”); conduct informational interviews with alumni and other professionals in the areas of career interest.


  • Insurance industry (life, health)
  • Pension funds
  • Econometric  forecasting
  • Federal  government
  • Financial credit and investment
  • Brokerage firms

Strategies: Consider obtaining a Certificate in Business while at Duquesne; complete internships in business settings of interest, such as insurance firms or finance; consider minor in Computer Science;  consider graduate training in actuarial science; prepare for professional exams conducted by Society of Actuaries (contact Duquesne math department for information on their informal preparation program); job shadow and conduct informational interviews with business professionals, including Duquesne alumni.

Careers that incorporate skills related to mathematics

  • Budget director or Chief Financial Officer in a company or non-profit
  • Computer systems
  • Finance and Investment
  • Operations research
  • Buyer

Strategies: Earn a Certificate in Business; take courses in or minor in Computer Science; do internships in business and industry settings of potential interest; gain experience in non-profit organizations of interest; job shadow and conduct informational interviews with business professionals, including Duquesne alumni.