Right now I'm a freshman in college and I have to declare my major soon. My college has these two majors that interest me the most. I don't really want to do something like BS-Financial Mathematics as I don't like the course content that much. From looking at the catalog, Mathematics has more pure Math classes like abstract algebra. Mathematical Science has more applied Math courses instead of pure Math courses like abstract algebra. The only differences is that in junior or senior year, I will have to take at least 2 quarters of abstract algebra and an option of taking a class called "Intro to Topology" (No idea what this is) for the Math major. But for Math Sciences, I would have to take at least 2 quarters of numerical analysis and have an option of taking a class called "Ordinary Differential Equations". Abstract Algebra vs Numerical Analysis Topology vs Ordinary Differential Equations Here is what the school says: Bachelor of Science—Mathematics The bachelor of science degree is especially suitable for students who want a rigorous program with an emphasis on theory or who plan to go on to graduate work in mathematics. Bachelor of Science—Mathematical Sciences This is an applied mathematics degree intended for students interested in computational aspects of mathematics, systems analysis, decision sciences, physical sciences, and operations research. It is suitable as preparation for advanced training in applied mathematics, management science, business administration, or operations research. I was just wondering what are the "differences" of things that I will learn in these two majors? I have looked at the classes that I need to take and they look really similar apart from the stuff that I've pointed out. Also, What their job prospects? Would employers look down on a BS in Mathematical Sciences because they are not familiar with it's name? Therefore, I gain absolutely no respect for having studied Math. Thanks you.