Math programs

The diverse courses of Northwestern’s math and physics departments will teach you both analytical and creative problem-solving skills. Together those add up so you equal an attractive candidate, whether you’re headed to the job market or graduate school.

“Advanced” actuarial science

Our actuarial science program is 1 of only 89 programs nationwide classified as “advanced undergraduate” by the Society of Actuaries—and 1 of just 3 among the 100 members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Our curriculum covers everything on the first 3 professional actuarial exams, as well as some topics on the 4th and 5th of 8 exams. That means you'll be further along in the process of becoming a certified actuary—and you’ll rise to the top with future employers.

Math teaching

If you want calculated career preparation for teaching, you're set with either a math major or a math teaching minor. In addition to your math classes, you’ll pursue your secondary education certification through an education department that is one of only 4 in Iowa to be CAEP-accredited.

Actuarial Science Major

Mathematics electives 6 * (excluding 090, 105, 107, 109, 111, 117 and 308)
MAT 112QR - Calculus I
MAT 180 - Logic and Discrete Mathematics
MAT 211 - Calculus II
MAT 212 - Calculus III
MAT 316 - Probability and Statistics I
MAT 317 - Linear Algebra
MAT 416 - Probability and Statistics II
MAT 430 - Actuarial Modeling I
MAT 431 - Actuarial Modeling II
Cognate requirements
ACC 215 - Principles of Financial Accounting
ACC 216 - Principles of Managerial Accounting
BUS 300 - Principles of Finance
BUS 304 - Investments
BUS 404 - Advanced Corporate Finance
ECO 314 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 315 - Intermediate Microeconomics
Total credits required: 60


*Economics 390-Game Theory may be used as a mathematics elective course