The program for a mathematics major in the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has three options. A student may pursue a degree in mathematics with a track focused on actuarial science and statistics, or a degree with a major in mathematics with a specialization in either applied mathematics, pure mathematics, or data science. Those completing a degree in mathematics with a specialization in pure mathematics will be prepared to continue their studies in mathematics in graduate school, though some may enter business, industry, or government service. Students receiving a mathematics degree with a specialization in applied mathematics will be primarily prepared to enter business, industry, or government service in an area where mathematics or computer science is used, or to continue their studies in applied mathematics or computer science in graduate school. Students earning a mathematics degree with a data science specialization will gain skills on utilizing complex databases to provide real world, real-time solutions that incorporate predictive analytics and forecasting to improve decision making. Students are ready for careers that utilize quantitative modeling techniques, including probability, statistics, optimization, simulation, and computing, in the design of solutions to data-driven problems. Students in the actuarial science and statistics track take additional course work in finance and economics, preparing them to complete the first two professional actuarial exams and to pursue employment in the areas of insurance and investment.