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## How to become a Mathematician

Most colleges and universities offer a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Courses usually include calculus, differential equations, and linear and abstract algebra. Many colleges and universities advise or require mathematics students to take courses in a related field, such as computer science, engineering, physical science, or statistics.

Candidates who have a double major in mathematics and a related discipline are particularly desirable to many employers. In private industry, mathematicians typically need an advanced degree, either a master's or a doctorate. Many universities offer master's and doctoral degrees in theoretical or applied mathematics.

Holders of bachelor's degrees who meet specific certification requirements may become middle or high school mathematics teachers. Most graduates with a Master's Degree in Mathematics do not work as mathematicians. Instead, they work in related fields, such as computer science. For a position as a professor of mathematics in a college or university, a doctorate is required.