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Mathematicians are creative. They find solutions for old problems—and discover new problems as well. You’ll see evidence of God as you study math at Northwestern because mathematical laws describe the workings of the universe—and its divine order and constancy.

Academic 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.  Explore programs


Northwestern’s full-time math faculty all hold doctorates in specializations that range from math education to Fourier-Feynman Transforms. One, Dr. Tim Huffman, is the entrepreneurial developer of ADAPT, which is used by actuarial exam prep company Coaching Actuaries.  Explore faculty

Success stats

Online accounting degree program badgeNorthwestern's actuarial science degree is ranked 18th on a list of the nation's 40 best-value programs. NWC is 1 of only 2 and the highest-ranked Christian college on the list, which was compiled by online-accounting-degrees.net in 2016. Northwestern is also 1 of just 10 Christian colleges that have met the requirements for recognition by the Society of Actuaries on their exclusive list of Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP). Of those 10, Northwestern is 1 of just 2 to achieve the UCAP-AC (Advanced Curriculum) level of recognition. (Northwestern is approved for Exams P, FM, MFE and MLC.) Northwestern actuarial science students have, on average, passed 2 actuarial exams by the time they graduate. Our actuarial graduates’ overall exam pass rate is 80%, compared to national pass rates of around 50%.

Steve Van Meeteren

Studying math has strengthened Steven’s faith and taught him how to identify sound reasoning and false assumptions—skills that will be useful not only in his future career as a physician, but also in life.

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Laura Hurley

Preparing to serve

Laura was a triple major at Northwestern who took advantage of cross-cultural experiences in Nebraska, Nicaragua and Ecuador. She is now pursuing a joint M.D. and master’s degree in public health with a goal of becoming a family medicine physician.

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Abigail Thompson

Seeking Security

Abigail is pursuing a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies as preparation for a career in counterterrorism.

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Abby Korthals

She’s got it covered

Abby's Northwestern experiences, including an actuarial internship at Principal Financial Group, gave her an impressive résumé and got her a job at Nationwide Insurance shortly after graduation.

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