Galileo said that “mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.” Our mathematics courses are fundamentally intended to develop and sharpen your skills in this language; with mathematical understanding comes an increased awareness of and appreciation for the natural order behind God’s creation.

Mathematics has long been regarded as a natural component of a liberal arts education because of its strongly analytical, problem-solving emphasis. Recently, there has been increased recognition of the importance of mathematics in the job market; in a technological society, doors are often closed to job-seekers with a deficient mathematics background. If you desire mathematical preparation for a career in industry, scientific research, engineering or education, you’re well-advised to consider a math major or many courses in mathematics. If you’re interested in engineering, you can take a pre-engineering program of two- or three year duration at Northwestern before transferring to an engineering school to complete your training.

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Minor requirements

Mathematics electives 3 * (excluding 090, 105, 107QR, 109, 111, 117 and 308)
CSC 171QR - Computer Science I
(4 credits) (NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This is the firstin a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces students tofundamental aspects of the field of computing; focusing onproblem-solving, software design concepts and their realization ascomputer programs. Topics include procedural abstraction, controlstructures, iteration, data types and their representation. Anintroduction to a high-level language, for the purpose of gaining masteryof these principles, will be provided in lectures and hands-on laboratoryexperiences.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above(SAT 510 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam.
MAT 112QR - Calculus I
(4 credits) (NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is astudy of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strongemphasis on both theory and applications.Note: Meets four times per week.Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least24 (SAT 570 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
MAT 180 - Logic and Discrete Mathematics
No course description available.
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 course.