Why Study Mathematics
If you have already decided on a career in a field such as business, art, or education, you may think mathematics has little to offer you beyond completing your basic college requirements. Yet mathematics, as both an art and a science, can enrich your studies while honing skills to improve your career opportunities.
For example, a sound mathematical education can enhance your problem-solving abilities, an asset for anyone who plans a career in business or who aspires to leadership in any field. As a result of repeated exposure to mathematical problem-solving, you can learn to select the relevant information in a given situation and to combine it with other known facts to resolve a problem or to achieve a desired goal.
In more closely related fields, mathematics facilitates improvements in the shape of jet aircraft and in the design and operation of diagnostic medical equipment. The role of mathematics has been dramatically enhanced in recent years by the increased availability of powerful computing equipment, such as the Alabama Cray-XMP supercomputer to which the mathematicians at UAB have ready access.
Regardless of your plans for the future, you may find mathematics a fascinating and challenging area of study.