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Math programs
The diverse courses of Northwestern’s math and physics departments will teach you both analytical and creative problemsolving 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 CAEPaccredited.
Mathematics Major
Requirements
 Mathematics electives: 9 credits (excluding 090, 105, 107, 109, 111, 117 and 308)
 MAT 112QR  Calculus I
(4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a
study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strong
emphasis on both theory and applications.
Note: Meets four times per week.
Prerequisites: C or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least
24 (SAT 550 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
 MAT 180  Logic and Discrete Mathematics
An introduction to the language and logic of mathematical proof via topics in discrete mathematics. Topics will include logic, elementary number theory, basic set theory and methods of mathematical proof (direct proof, indirect proof, induction).Prerequisite: C or better in MAT112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits)  MAT 211  Calculus II
A study of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integration, sequences, series, polar coordinates and conic sections.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT112 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)  MAT 212  Calculus III
A study of the cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, vectors in two dimensions and three dimensions, vector valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector calculus.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT211 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)  MAT 317  Linear Algebra
A study of the algebra of matrices and vector spaces including matrix operations, systems of equations, determinants, properties of real vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT112, 180 or permission of instructor.(3 credits)  Choose one course: 3 credits
 MAT 316  Probability and Statistics I
A postcalculus course in probability and statistics, which develops the theory of discrete and continuous distributions, expected value, random variables and inferential statistics.Prerequisites: C or better in MAT116 or 117, 180, 211 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)  MAT 411  College Geometry
A study of topics in Euclidean geometry as well as axiomatic systems, non Euclidean geometry, and projective geometry.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT180 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)  Choose one course: 3 credits
 ECO 390  Game Theory
This course is an introduction to and survey of the theory of games (multiperson decision theory) and its applications, primarily in economics. The Nash equilibrium concept will be carefully developed to provide a basis for analyzing various forms of strategic interaction. Areas of application will include oligopolistic markets, common resource markets, stock market microstructure and corporate takeovers. In addition to economic applications, we will use game theory to explore selected political, social and religious issues. Prerequisites: MAT111 or 112, or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)  MAT 312  Differential Equations
A study of the elementary theory, methods of solution, and applications of differential equations, which may include topics such as first order ordinary differential equations, linear equations with constant coefficients, series solutions, variation of parameters, Laplace Transforms, linear systems, partial differential equations, and Fourier Series.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT211 or permission of department chair.(3 credits)  PHY 212  Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C or better.(4 credits)  PHY 270  Classical Dynamics
 Choose one course: 3 credits
 MAT 412  Real Analysis
A study of realvalue functions including such topics as continuity, sequences and series, differentiation and integration. Students will also be introduced to the concept of a general metric space.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT180, 211, or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)  MAT 419  Introduction to Abstract Algebra
A study of groups, normal groups and factor groups, Cayley's Theorem, rings, ideals, homomorphisms, integral domains, fields, polynomial rings, field extensions and zeros of polynomials.Prerequisite: C or better in MAT317 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)  Cognate requirements:
 CSC 171QR  Computer Science I
(4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This is the first
in a twosemester sequence of courses that introduces students to
fundamental aspects of the field of computing; focusing on
problemsolving, software design concepts and their realization as
computer programs. Topics include procedural abstraction, control
structures, iteration, data types and their representation. An
introduction to a highlevel language, for the purpose of gaining mastery
of these principles, will be provided in lectures and handson laboratory
experiences.
Prerequisite: C or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above
(SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam.
 Choose one course: 4 credits
 CHE 433WIx  Introductory Physical Chemistry
 PHY 211  Classical Physics I
For students in mathematics, the physical sciences, and those students seeking candidacy to a medical school or other graduate program. Topics will include kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C or higher in MAT112, or consent of department chair. (MAT112 may be taken concurrently with PHY211). (4 credits)  Total credits required: 45

Notes:
Students may choose to count CHE433, Introductory Physical Chemistry and/or CHE436, Intermediate Physical Chemistry toward mathematics electives in the mathematics major. CHE433, Introductory Physical Chemistry may not count as both the cognate and a mathematics elective.
Students pursuing secondary education certification in mathematics need to include MAT411, MAT419, and either MAT316 or MAT116.



