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We are pleased to announce that the Langenhop Lecture and SIU Pure Mathematics Conference will be held on campus on May 16-17, 2024! Plan to join us for engaging talks on many fields of mathematics. Refreshments, lunches, and a formal dinner provided. See the Langenhop Link on the right, or click here, for more information.

                                        Main Langenhop Speaker is Ken Ono, University of Virginia

New BS Program in Statistics!

The Bachelor of Science program in Statistics will start in Fall 2024. 
Statisticians make meaning from data using a combination of mathematics and design thinking.  Studies from several independent sources identify statistics as a critical area in which demand for skilled knowledge workers will expand dramatically and quickly.  The US Bureau of Labor predicts that employment will grow 30% by 2028 and reports median annual wage of $86,630 in Illinois.  The Bureau also reports that these jobs are disproportionately concentrated in Illinois, with a location quotient of 1.10.  Meanwhile US News and World Report ranks “Statistician” the #6 best job, with above average upward mobility and flexibility and below average stress.

Mathematics and Statistics are everywhere.

With a degree in Mathematics I Statistics you could be working for the CIA on cybersecurity issues, fixing robots for rescue operations, analyzing the stock market with data science, verifying scientific theories, exploring elegant mathematical structures themselves, or you could teach and inspire others to think logically.

Careers include:

Data Science, actuary, quantitative/business/financial analyst, insurance, biostatistician, researcher, mathematician, statistician, banker, high-school teacher, college professor, and many more

Start your career that pays well and has low stress

Jobs Rated 2023: Best Jobs
Overall Rank Job Salary Projected Growth
1 Data Scientist $98,230 33%
3 Statistician $92,270 35%
5 Mathematician $110,860 33%
6 University Professor $80,790 9%
7 Operations Research Analyst $86,200 25%
9 Actuary $111,030 18%


Our features 

  • Classes are kept small
  • Program is flexible and rich
  • Undergraduate research opportunities for math majors

Come join us at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Put your passion to work.  Testimonials from our Students:

William Holt is a recent Master's Graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  When he isn't folding, William spends his time designing and diagramming origami models, as well as constructing mathematically influenced digital and physical sculptures.  He is currently applying to PhD programs to research differential geometry and triply periodic minimal surfaces. See how William blends Mathematics with his passion for origami here.

Daniel Davidson is a senior math major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has deep passion for math and loves to explore connections of mathematics to the real-world. During summer 2020, Daniel took a graduate-level class about the mathematical analysis of the spread of Covid19 from Prof. Henri Schurz and loved every bit of it. He described his experiences in this video.  

Mathematics provides the foundation for all of science.

From the precise calculations necessary to verify scientific theories to the elegant mathematical structures which model everything from DNA to subatomic particles, mathematics is essential to science.

As a student majoring in mathematics at SIU, you will be in close contact with outstanding mathematics professors who are both international leaders in their research areas and outstanding teachers committed to your learning. Career opportunities for our graduates such as analyzing risk for insurance companies (actuarial science) to teaching the next generation of mathematicians have never been better. We offer Bachelor’s degrees in Science, Liberal Arts, and Education and Human Services. For those students interested in graduate degrees, we offer both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.