A Northwestern math professor answers a student's question during class.

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.

Actuarial science

Northwestern's actuarial science degree is ranked 18th on a list of the nation's 40 best-value programs by online-accounting-degrees.net. NWC is 1 of 2 and the highest-ranked Christian college on the list. In addition, Northwestern is 1 of just 6 CCCU schools recognized by the Society of Actuaries on their exclusive list of Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP). Our actuarial science students have a 90% first-time pass rate on the P (probability) and FM (financial mathematics) actuarial exams, compared to average national pass rates of around 50%.

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 NCATE accredited.