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.
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.
|Mathematics electives 3 * (excluding 090, 105, 107, 109, 111, 117 and 308)
|CSC 171QR - Computer Science I
(4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This is the first
in a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces students to
fundamental aspects of the field of computing; focusing on
problem-solving, 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 high-level language, for the purpose of gaining mastery
of these principles, will be provided in lectures and hands-on laboratory
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.
|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 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)
|Total credits required: 21
*ECO390, Game Theory, or CHE433, Introductory Physical Chemistry, may be used as a mathematics elective courses.