Mathematics careers are numerous
Our mathematics department prepares mathematics majors for a wide variety of vocations that value analytical reasoning skills, mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills. We encourage joint student and faculty research.
We also serve other departments by offering courses appropriate for students in business, social sciences, physical and life sciences and elementary education, and a mathematics minor to complement majors in those areas.
Beyond the classroom, the mathematics department prides itself on building community by gathering for coffee, weekly seminars, Ultimate Frisbee and other annual celebrations.
Mathematics majors take classes in all math subject areas instead of specializing. This approach means our graduates are well-rounded and well-prepared for a variety of career choices or for an advanced degree. If you are interested in teaching mathematics, you will also need teaching licensure.
For Lydia Sorensen, college is presenting the opportunity to discover new routes to
achieve her academic goals. This music and mathematics double major will use her bachelor’s degree to focus on
an entirely new subject.
“It really works out for me that I’m able to get both the creative side of things and the logical side of things at the same time." >>> Lydia's Story
The mathematics program prepares you for a wide variety of vocations and professional positions that value analytical reasoning skills, mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills.
We are committed to using the most up-to-date technology in our classes. First-year and sophomore courses are designed to use graphing calculators. Many courses include computer projects which allow you to explore mathematics on the Web and use software such as Excel, Mathematica and Maple.
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Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) integrated mathematics education licensure
Middle childhood education with mathematics concentration
Students interested in teaching mathematics in middle school, grades 4-9, must complete a middle childhood education major with mathematics as one of the two areas of concentration.
The middle childhood license requires concentration in two areas; mathematics, natural sciences, social studies or language arts. Many students choose a math and science combination because there is some overlap in requirements, but mathematics can be combined with language arts or social studies.
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- Integrated mathematics (grades 7-12)
- Middle childhood education with mathematics concentration (grades 4-9)
The computer science minor provides a solid foundation in the computer science to complement any major. In addition to the required core courses, students are able to take upper level computer science courses that best fit their professional needs.
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Math tutors can help answer questions, explain concepts, direct you to other sources of help, and give assistance with Mathematica software (which is installed in the computers in the lobby, and used in some mathematics courses).
weekly seminarsEach week, mathematics faculty and students and others who are interested gather for a presentation on a mathematics or computer topic. Topics and presenters are announced weekly to the campus community.
The Austin E. Knowlton Science Center, an academic building designed for students in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, pre-medicine, nursing and dietetics, is expected to open in fall 2019.