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Mathematics Degree Program

Why pursue a mathematics degree at North Central College?

Thinking of pursuing a mathematics degree? With our mathematics degree program, you’ll receive all the help, advice and personal attention you need, thanks to our accessible professors and small classes. North Central’s math faculty members are committed to involving you in their research projects, so you’ll also get valuable firsthand experiences. Our pure mathematics major is renowned for preparing high school and middle school math teachers and for maintaining an extensive network of school contacts. Others with their mathematics degree go on to work in various fields in industry and technology, or to graduate school to prepare for a career in higher education, teaching, and research. North Central College mathematics faculty have wide-ranging interests and make math majors available in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and actuarial sciences. We're committed to making sure that all math major students in each of our classes are successful in learning mathematics they need to know for their chosen careers. 

With our mathematics courses, you can also:

  • Collaborate with your professors or other mathematician faculty on research projects that enable critical thinking and explore topics like knot theory or mathematical concepts that model disease transmission and share your findings at North Central College’s Rall Symposium.
  • Attend local, regional and national academic conferences.
  • Participate in campus activities like Math Club and the Pi Day Celebration with alumni.
  • Enroll in a problem-solving seminar that prepares you for competitions like the Putnam Exam.
  • Obtain extra help from a peer tutor—or become one yourself.
  • Join the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.

More Department information

Register for the American Mathematics Contest (AMC)

Mathematics, B.S.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

One of the following:

Two of the following:

One of the following:

Computer Science

A minor in Computer Science.

Physics

Chemistry

Mathematics, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

Two of the following:

Note:

Students seeking teaching licensure must also complete the Secondary Education major requirements as well as the following courses:

  • MATH 305 - College Geometry 
  • MATH 260 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Mathematics Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Elective Options

One of the preapproved options listed below. The set of courses should be cohesive with respect to each other and should be based on the student's area of applied study. Other options may be available to students with departmental approval. The Mathematics Department must be consulted in the planning process.

Option A

One of the following:

Option B

One of the following:

One of the following:

Option C

One of the following:

One of the following:

Option D

Mathematics Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in mathematics have been accepted to graduate programs at:

  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Oregon
  • Purdue University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Tennessee
  • Baylor University
  • University of Missouri
  • St. Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Kansas
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University

Careers

Math majors frequently find teaching positions in districts within a 30-mile radius of North Central, including:

  • Aurora School Districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202

Recent graduates in mathematics also include:

  • Algorithm analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Computer scientist
  • Financial consultant
  • Commercial loan officer
  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Environmental mathematician
  • Systems engineer
  • Budget analyst
  • Product analyst
  • Marketing specialist

Companies that have hired alumni:

  • Google
  • Bank of America
  • Trans Union Credit
  • The College Board
  • Allstate
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

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