Mathematics Major

The Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students earning a degree in mathematics go on to

  • Graduate School in mathematics: these students intend to pursue a career as a working mathematician;
  • Various graduate programs: these students use the mathematics major as preparation for programs in economics, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, theology, engineering, and physics, to name a few.
  • Careers in the real world: these students use their problem-solving skills to work as consultants, researchers, and managers in a variety of commercial areas.

Mathematics Minor

The department also offers a minor in mathematics.

A mathematics minor requires 24 semester hours in mathematics as follows:

MTH 121, 122, 223 Calculus I, II, III; and

12 semester hours in mathematics courses numbered 301 or above; or MTH 207 (linear algebra) and 9 semester hours in mathematics courses numbered 301 or above

At least one course from among: MTH 301, 302, 305, 307, 310, 404, 406 and 420.

Actuarial Sciences

A degree in actuarial sciences in mathematics prepares students to apply mathematics to risk as it is related to insurance, annuities and pension plans. Students typically will have passed at least one of the professional exams before graduation.

High School Education

Students wishing to be licensed to teach mathematics at the high school level in Illinois enroll in this program. The requirements for this degree include a core of mathematics courses with additional courses to complete the requirements for a high school teaching license.


Statisticians are in high demand across industry. In addition to the general mathematics emphasis on logical reasoning and creative problem solving, the statistics major focuses on analyzing data, particularly in the presence of randomness. This includes theory and applications of probability and facility with computing tools.