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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 Teaching Minor
(Satisfies state teaching endorsement requirements in mathematics for students completing the secondary education endorsement. Also satisfies state teaching endorsement requirements in mathematics for students majoring in elementary education.)
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.
 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)  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
 MAT 116QR  Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences
(3 credits)(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is
designed to introduce topics in probability and statistics
with an emphasis on problems in the sciences. We will study discrete and
continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, pvalues,
correlation, and simple linear regression. There will be three main
sections in this course, examining descriptive statistics (the nature of
data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts (the
mathematical study of uncertainty), and inferential statistics (making
claims or decisions based on one or more sets of data).
Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT
116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208.
Prerequisites: C or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above
(SAT 480 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam,
or permission of instructor.
 MAT 117QR  Applied Statistics for Management
(3 credits)(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) The course is
designed to study statistical methodology commonly used in
business including descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to
summarize it), basic probability concepts, and inferential statistics
(making claims or decisions from one or more sets of data using
confidence intervals and multiple types of hypothesis testing).
Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT
116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208.
Prerequisites: C or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above
(SAT 480 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam,
or permission of instructor.
 Total credits required: 24




