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 81 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. “Advanced” means our curriculum covers everything on the first 2 professional actuarial exams, as well as some topics on the 3rd and 4th 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 NCATE accredited.
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.)
|CSC 171 - Computer Science I|
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 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. (4 credits)
|MAT 112 - Calculus I|
A study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strong emphasis on both theory and applications. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 24 (SAT 550 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair. (4 credits)
|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 116 - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences|
Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in the sciences: discrete and continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above). (3 credits)
|MAT 117 - Applied Statistics for Management|
Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in business: descriptive measures, distributions, one sample estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above). (3 credits)
|Total credits required: 24||