General Mathematics Concentration

Design Your Math Education

You love math! But you are unsure of which math program and potential career path is right for you. Or perhaps you have your mind set on graduate school. Then a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in general mathematics might be the right choice for you.

With the general mathematics concentration, guidance from you academic advisor, and resources from the Career Center, you can design an education that suits your interests, talents, and values without delaying graduation. 

A Pathway to Graduation

Do you see yourself enrolled in graduate school? The broad curriculum of the general mathematics program will prepare you for a graduate program, exposing you to a wide array of mathematical areas and helping you to develop a focus for your studies. An advanced degree is not only a requirement for a career in research or postsecondary teaching, but is also a necessity for many positions suited for math majors.

Get The Most From General Mathematics

Degree requirements in general mathematics are intentionally kept low to maximize the flexibility of the program. Contact your advisor to talk about your options and read these tips to help you prepare for your future.

Use Free Electives To Customize Your Education

If you plan to go to graduate school in mathematics:

  • Take additional senior-level mathematics.
  • Gain a broad background in mathematics by sampling its disciplines (computational mathematics, applied mathematics, combinatorics, and mathematical statistics).
  • Be prepared to choose a specialty. Your breadth of study will help you decide.

If you plan to join the workforce after graduation, augment your mathematics degree with a marketable minor. Math majors are in demand because of rigorous training in problem solving and critical thinking. However, it is a good idea to have a skill that is immediately applicable to industry.

Consider these options:

Get Summer Research Experiences

There are many summer undergraduate research opportunities to explore. Besides gaining experience and learning how to work well with others, participation in undergraduate research is a great way to decide if you want to go to graduate school (and it looks great on a graduate school application)! Consider:

Complete an Internship or Participate in Enterprise

If you are planning to enter the workforce upon graduation, you will be much more marketable if you do an internship or participate in Enterprise. For information about internships, contact University Career Services or your advisor.

Join a Professional Organization

The premier professional organization for mathematicians include:

Michigan Tech students can join all three organizations either free or very inexpensively.

Join a Student Organization

Get involved with any number of student organizations on campus. There’s over 215, like Mind Trekkers,Quiz Bowl,Undergraduate Student Governmentand more.

Concentration Requirements

You must complete the following 3 credits:


You must complete three of the following 4000 level math electives for 9 credits:


You must complete two of the following 4000 level math electives for 6 credits, also including any senior level discrete, algebra, analysis, applied, numerical, or statistics course, MA 4200 – MA 4799

Speak to your advisor about the best electives to choose for you.

Tomorrow Needs Mathematicians

As the world grows increasingly complex and faces innumerable challenges, it requires versatile mathematicians possessing skills applicable to a variety of situations and fields. Mathematicians hold the key to analyzing data, optimizing processes, data-driven decision-making, and problem-solving. Their interdisciplinary approach fosters collaboration and drives innovation in engineering, research, science, and technology to meet tomorrow’s needs.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options are unlimited with a degree in mathematics with a concentration in general mathematics. Career opportunities include:

  • Biostatistician
  • Computer Scientist
  • Climatologist
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Geographer
  • Hydrologist
  • Mathematical Biophysicist
  • Mathematical Physicist
  • Mathematician
  • National Security Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Psychometrician
  • Quantitative Financial Market Analyst
  • Statistician

Get Hired By

These are just some of the companies hiring mathematics majors with a general mathematics concentration:

  • 3M Corporation
  • AAA Life Insurance
  • Ally Financial
  • Boeing
  • Cigna
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Domino's
  • DTE Energy
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • Rocket Mortgage
  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. Department of Energy

Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying General Mathematics at Michigan's flagship technological university.

"The mathematics degree general concentration at Tech requires you to take about a dozen free electives, which makes it perfect for picking up a double/dual major, or a minor in another area that you are interested in."Austin Higgins ’22, BS Mathematics (General Mathematics Concentration)

Study General Mathematics at a Technological University

As a student, you will work alongside engineers, researchers, and scientists to apply your math skills to solve real-world problems and build a better future. You’ll hone skills in analytical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving to last a lifetime.

  • Customize Your Education: The concentration in general mathematics provides you with plenty of free credits to pursue an applied area of interest with a second major or minor.
  • Get personalized attention: Our smaller department ensures your academic advisors and professors know you and understand your interests and needs. You can receive the guidance you need in a timely fashion.

Undergraduate Concentrations in Mathematics

Not sure which concentration is the right fit? No problem.
Speak to an academic advisor.

Undergraduate Advising

A positive and productive advising relationship is a key component of your success at Michigan Tech. You and your academic advisor will develop your academic plan, and your advisor will help you follow and complete your plan to ensure your success at Michigan Tech.

Tomorrow Needs You

Open doors to a rewarding career in academia, government, industry, and research with your solid foundation in mathematics. From pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields to excelling in business or finance, math proficiency is a prerequisite for success in many disciplines. Your degree lays the foundation for lifelong learning and helps you to thrive in an ever-changing world, making you ready for what tomorrow needs.

"My major-specific class sizes are small enough to make good connections with professors and classmates."Eli Dewitt ‘26, BS Mathematics (General Mathematics Concentration)