The purpose of the mathematics program is to provide students with a wide variety of courses touching on the main areas of modern undergraduate mathematics. In strengthening their critical reasoning skills and deepening their mathematical knowledge, students majoring in mathematics will obtain an excellent preparation for challenging and rewarding careers in education, business, and government work.
Courses in the program range from algebra and geometry to statistics, calculus, and differential equations. Students who pursue a teacher education degree can take a basic mathematics endorsement for teaching elementary and middle school, and an advanced endorsement for teaching high school. Plus, students who earn the advanced endorsement receive a minor in mathematics. This program will also prepare students for advanced graduate work.
Popular careers related to the mathematics major:
- Teacher (Elementary or Secondary)
- Doctor of Medicine
- Quantitative Financial Market Analyst
- Actuary (Insurance)
- Government Mathematician (NSA, Department of Defense)
Additional careers, as highlighted by the American Mathematical Society, include:
- Air Traffic Controller
- Budget Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- Mechanical Engineer
- Political Scientist
- Technical Writer
- Urban Planner
- Video Game Developer
One important aspect of the mathematics major is the hands-on internship, which can be tailored to fit a student’s interest in any of a number of exciting career possibilities. Past internship locations have included tutoring math students at local colleges and various financial institutions. Math majors are also well represented at ACE Day (an event honoring NCU Academic Creativity and Excellence). These presentations involve original research and a professional presentation.
Recent graduates who majored in mathematics have gone on to graduate programs in Statistics and Economics, gone into business and accounting, and taken positions as high school teachers across the state.
“Math is the canvas to God’s masterpiece.” -Scott Perkins ’13
“The thing I love about math is that you really begin to understand why things work the way they do. You may be able to generate a random number in excel, but do you know how it works?” -Lydia Bowling ’12
COURSES IN THE MAJOR
COURSES IN THE MINOR
Program Director: Connie Wilmarth, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
M.A., University of British Columbia
B.A., University of Oregon
Connie Wilmarth has been teaching at NCU since 2008. Her courses include the standard sequence taken by all math majors as well as advanced special topics and introductory classes geared towards students who are heading towards careers in non-mathematical fields.
Connie’s publications focus