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Explore the intersection of theory and application

The Department of Mathematics offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that focus on mathematical theory and its connection to an increasingly wide range of applications. Our students and faculty collaborate on projects with other UW departments, including the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, and several engineering departments. Emerging applications in diverse fields such as communications, biology and finance are reflected in the department’s work. 


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Students in the department cultivate a wide range of skills, from analytical thinking and problem-solving to effective communication and the ability to work in teams. Our alumni have pursued successful careers in business, education, government and the nonprofit sector. 

Career Paths

A degree in Mathematics can lead to a career as a(n):

  • Mathematician
  • Economist
  • Engineer 
  • Statistician 
  • Financial analyst
  • FInancial advisor 
  • Market research analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Digital analyst
  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Educator    


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Mathematics and creativity

Mathematics research comprises both classical and groundbreaking areas of interest, including collaborations across disciplines and communities. For example, the department’s Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab brings together students, faculty, and community members to collaborate on experimental, computational, and often visual projects. Our interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with faculty and coursework in Art + Art History + Design, reinforcing mathematics as a creative discipline.

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Find Yourself in Mathematics

Become part of a vibrant discipline with connections to the physical sciences, engineering, information technology and communications.


Department of Mathematics Stories

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Arts & Sciences' Fab Four for 2022

Four Dean's Medalists were selected by the College of Arts & Sciences for their varied and impressive work as UW undergraduates. 

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Four "Remarkable" Dean's Medalists

The College honors four exceptional graduates representing eight Arts & Sciences majors.

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A Brave New World for Clay

For her research into 3D printing with clay, artist Timea Tihanyi collaborates with faculty and students in mathematics and other departments.