Mathematics

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Mathematics

As a college graduate with a major in math, you won’t find “help wanted” ads for a mathematician. What you will find are employers seeking people who can think analytically and logically—an invaluable skill in a number of career paths. Our students graduate ready to contribute to the business world, or to pursue a graduate degree in everything from engineering to global security and intelligence. Still others combine math with a secondary education major so they can pass on their love of math to the next generation.

Major requirements

Mathematics
Why NWC?

Why NWC?

Northwestern’s math major will sharpen your mind while giving you an increased appreciation for the natural order behind God’s creation. Its focus on problem solving will make you an asset in the job market, whether you’re planning on a career in industry, scientific research, engineering or education.

Requirements include calculus, linear algebra, and logic courses, with additional options in statistics, physics and computer science. If you plan to teach, you'll also complete a major in secondary education, which will equip you with skills for your future classroom.

Related minors include accounting, computer science, data science and statistics, mathematics, and mathematics teaching.

CONTACT
Dr. Kim Jongerius
Dr. Kim Jongerius
Department Chair
$93,170 PER YEAR Median annual salary of math occupations (including jobs requiring an advanced degree)
28% GROWTH Math occupations are expected to increase substantially between 2020 and 2030.
BEST VALUE Northwestern’s actuarial science degree is ranked among the nation’s 30 best-value programs by College Values Online.
VARIETY OF CAREERS The analytical thinking skills you’ll develop and practice in your math courses transfer easily to the the real world.

Outcomes

Join our standout alumni at:

University of Nebraska–Omaha
Omaha, NE
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Allina Health
Minneapolis, MN
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
Rush University
Chicago, IL
Norfolk High School
Norfolk, NE

Experience

Faith + learning

Faith + learning

Dr. Kim Jongerius, chair of Northwestern’s math department, was one of six presenters for Scientists in Synagogues, a national speaker series exploring the connections between religion and mathematics. Her presentation was supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling offers a variety of career exploration experiences, including job shadowing, internships, and study abroad opportunities around the globe. 

Math works

Math works

Samantha Olson ’22 graduated from Northwestern with degrees in math and biology-health professions, then went on to earn a B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She now works for Biosense Webster, a Johnson & Johnson company, and helps specialized cardiologists treat heart arrhythmias during cardiac ablation procedures. Other career options for math majors include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Educational marketer
  • Electronic commerce specialist
  • Employee benefits analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Firmware engineer (improving algorithms)
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Mathematics teacher
  • Operations researcher
  • Program manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Research and development specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer 

Engineering

Engineering

Northwestern's engineering program offers concentrations in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. As an engineering student, you’ll regularly engage in hands-on learning experiences, including 3D printing, wooden bridge building, machining, electric circuits, programming, geospatial analysis and traffic simulation. You’ll also study newly developing concepts like AI. Our program has been designed to achieve ABET accreditation, for which it will be eligible upon graduation of the first cohort in 2028.

You can also work toward a master’s degree in engineering by taking advantage of Northwestern’s dual-degree relationship with Washington University of St. Louis, one of the nation’s top engineering schools. Through this arrangement, you can earn an accredited bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in computer engineering, data science, or systems science and engineering.

Faith + learning

Dr. Kim Jongerius, chair of Northwestern’s math department, was one of six presenters for Scientists in Synagogues, a national speaker series exploring the connections between religion and mathematics. Her presentation was supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling offers a variety of career exploration experiences, including job shadowing, internships, and study abroad opportunities around the globe. 

Math works

Samantha Olson ’22 graduated from Northwestern with degrees in math and biology-health professions, then went on to earn a B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She now works for Biosense Webster, a Johnson & Johnson company, and helps specialized cardiologists treat heart arrhythmias during cardiac ablation procedures. Other career options for math majors include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Educational marketer
  • Electronic commerce specialist
  • Employee benefits analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Firmware engineer (improving algorithms)
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Mathematics teacher
  • Operations researcher
  • Program manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Research and development specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer 

Engineering

Northwestern's engineering program offers concentrations in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. As an engineering student, you’ll regularly engage in hands-on learning experiences, including 3D printing, wooden bridge building, machining, electric circuits, programming, geospatial analysis and traffic simulation. You’ll also study newly developing concepts like AI. Our program has been designed to achieve ABET accreditation, for which it will be eligible upon graduation of the first cohort in 2028.

You can also work toward a master’s degree in engineering by taking advantage of Northwestern’s dual-degree relationship with Washington University of St. Louis, one of the nation’s top engineering schools. Through this arrangement, you can earn an accredited bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in computer engineering, data science, or systems science and engineering.