I've had a fairly long winded conversation with a friend recently and he seems to think that doing a Stats BS as opposed to a Maths BS would "open up a lot more doors", as far as direct employment after the bachelor's degree is concerned. He insisted that doing mathematics would limit me to a purely academic path and what not. In any case, I find that it's a bit of rubbish. Granted, a Stats BS would be much more specialised and I can understand how the skills gained in a Stats degree can be relevant but I just don't see how a Maths degree can fail at doing the same! Generally, at the undergrad level, isn't it a combination of pure and applied maths that is studied? In most programs I find (not US-based, ergo, less flexibility), the courses tend to be composed of lots of Analysis and Algebra with the remaining courses being in more "applied" fields, like Physics, Computer Science and Stats/Probability. Then he also said that a Physics BS would be a better option than a Maths BS. FFFUU. Thoughts on this? Note: I haven't done any Stats yet, therefore, I don't want to commit to anything yet. My main choice of BS, as of right now, is a flip between Maths and Physics. EDIT: Another important thing that I've been wondering. How does one find himself an internship in banks and what not while still doing his course? Just apply and see what comes out of it? It appears to me that this and networking are key in landing a job.