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Mathematics, often celebrated as the "Queen of the Sciences," has long been a basic tool in the physical sciences, engineering, and commerce. Today it is also used in sophisticated ways in the social sciences and humanities. Students majoring in mathematics have the opportunity to learn about its diverse applications, as well as acquiring an understanding of both the foundations and the frontiers of the discipline.

Many students, understanding the importance of mathematical preparation for careers outside of mathematics, choose a second major or a minor in mathematics. The Department of Mathematics is fully prepared to guide their course selections with those goals in mind.


The mission of the undergraduate program of the Northwestern University Department of Mathematics is to foster the intellectual and personal growth of our students through the study of mathematics.

What Students Say about Our Department

"The math department is smaller and more intimate than many others... When you meet someone you're brought together by the fact that you're both math majors and the classes are awesome."–Sameera Kumar

"All the professors I've had cared about their students. I've become friendly with many of the people in my math classes."–Jonah Leshin

"My thesis experience was both enlightening and enjoyable–I was able to tackle advanced subject matter outside of the classroom, under the guidance of an excellent teacher and mathematician. The quality of the mathematical education I obtained directly enabled me to get my current job."–Angelo Mancini

"I have been impressed by the flexibility of the department. Since I am a double major, the willingness of the math department to work with me means a lot."–Michael Kasa

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