Math and Quantitative Sciences

As a Tier-1 research institution, the University of Iowa is focused on innovation and the future. You’ll learn from world-class educators, scientists and researchers with decades of experience, and engage in rigorous math and quantitative sciences programs that will prepare you for a career in anything from science, to business, to technology. At Iowa, you’ll find a community of high-achieving, high-performing students—just like you—dedicated to pushing boundaries and exploring their passions.

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Actuarial Science

Actuaries play an important role in today’s world. They are business executives, professionally trained in the mathematical sciences, who specialize in evaluating financial risk. Determining the level of risk allows actuaries to design, analyze, price, and refine insurance programs that meet society’s needs.

To learn what actuaries do, visit the Be An Actuary website.

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Applied Physics

The major in Applied Physics is intended primarily for students interested in a broad program of study in Physics combined with a significant concentration of courses in a field that has immediate application to industry.

This degree provides a foundation for a wide range of employment opportunities in high-technology industries, including research and development, product design and testing, sales, and quality control. It also is designed to include sufficient exposure to Physics to allow students to continue with graduate studies in either Physics or Astronomy.

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The Astronomy Program is designed for students who wish to build considerable knowledge in Astronomy but do not plan a research-oriented career in the field. It is appropriate for students planning careers in secondary school science teaching or science-related administration.

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Data Science

Today, nearly every business, government, social media platform, and educational institution collects and analyzes data about its users, logistics and operations, and media presence with the goal of extracting valuable insights and utilizing the resulting efficiencies.

The Data Science Program produces graduates with the sophisticated analytical and computational skills required to thrive in a quantitative world where new challenges are encountered at an ever-increasing rate.

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Informatics brings the computational sciences together with the arts, the humanities, and the biological, health, information, natural, and social sciences in an interdisciplinary effort to solve problems. It uses algorithmic techniques and the power of computing to acquire and manipulate data, extract new knowledge, and ultimately examine existing and new problems from broad perspectives.

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Mathematics is one of the oldest and most basic sciences, yet it is the foundation for some of the most dynamic and rapidly growing professions. It is a crucial requirement for many careers in science, engineering, business, and other professions. Research in this living, dynamic subject is at the highest level in history.

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Physics and astronomy students are driven to understand the nature of space, time, and matter from the quantum level to the outer reaches of the universe. They are intellectually curious, bright, and confident individuals preparing to make their mark in a wide range of careers.

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Numerical information bombards today's world, challenging us to separate fact from fiction so that we can make informed decisions, and statisticians enjoy this challenge. They work in business, industry, government, and research, helping frame questions and determine what information is needed to answer them. They design experiments or surveys that generate relevant data, and then they analyze the data and communicate the results.