Mathematical Sciences at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Sharpen your analytical skills to excel in a range of careers.

People have used math for centuries to solve economic, scientific and business problems. And it's just as vital today. Studying mathematical sciences will prepare you to meet a rising demand for data and statistics by using computational techniques, algorithms and the latest technology. Your logic and problem-solving skills will be valuable in many professions.

I am a double major in mathematical sciences (emphasis in mathematics education) and [Spanish]. I decided on this course of study because I enjoy mathematics and working with kids, and being bilingual is a strong skill in education.
Andrea Carranza of Wauconda, Illinois
Mathematical sciences, world languages and cultures double major

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What Can I Do With a Mathematical Sciences Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for advanced study or to begin a career in business, finance, market research or another field.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Business process management
  • Data analysis
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning
  • Team management

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and logistics

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Career Potential for NIU Mathematical Sciences Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Abbott
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Discover Financial Solutions
  • IBM

Job titles include:

  • Consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Math teacher
  • Owner
  • Software engineer

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Mathematical Sciences Major at NIU

Our program promotes creative thinking in complex situations. It will increase your familiarity with complicated structures and algorithms and build your ability to learn detailed technical material. You can choose one of the following emphases:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Computational mathematics 
  • General mathematical sciences
  • Mathematics education

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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