The skills gained by studying mathematics, such as problem-solving, technical communication skills, critical thinking and reasoning with quantitative information, open doors to many careers in industry, government, business, computer programming and education. Students have used their mathematics degree in combination with their liberal arts education to become engineers, lawyers, AmeriCorps volunteers, human resources specialists, data analysts and graduate students pursuing doctorates in diverse areas such as molecular bioscience, aerospace engineering and education.
Central offers a flexible course schedule that allows you to gain comprehensive mathematics experience and pursue teacher licensure, internships and off-campus experiences, all while graduating in four years. If you appreciate logical thinking and enjoy the challenge of solving problems, pursuing a degree in mathematics at Central College can provide a path to future success.
At Central, math majors choose to pursue data science or secondary education. Data science mathematics majors learn to extract meaning from and interpret data; spend a lot of time collecting, cleaning and manipulating data; find patterns; build models and algorithms; use data to drive decision-making; and communicate clearly with data visualizations. While at Central, mathematics secondary education majors not only increase their math skills, but they also learn mathematics communication skills for a wide range of students, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and how and where math is used in everyday life.
Students of mathematics at Central participate in numerous research opportunities both on campus, such as working on a senior thesis or Bosch Summer Undergraduate Student Research Fellowships, as well as off campus through Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at a variety of larger universities. These opportunities deepen students’ knowledge of applied or abstract mathematics and prepare them for future careers or further study in graduate school.
Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology.
Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.
“The Mathematics Enthusiast” published an article prepared by Central College’s Russ Goodman, professor of mathematics and assistant women’s soccer coach, and Katelin Valster, lecturer of kinesiology and S.A.A.C. advisor.
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The mathematics major at Central allows students to develop core mathematical skills (pattern recognition, generalization, abstraction, logical reasoning, modeling, analyzing and solving problems, reading and analyzing mathematical content), as well as the ability to communicate mathematics clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms. The ability to reason with quantitative information, solve intricate problems, and communicate the results to others are highly valued skills in any field.
Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.
¹ Coursework specific to Mathematics/Secondary Education
² Coursework specific to Mathematics/Data Science