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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

The curriculum of our actuarial science program prepares students thoroughly for 4 actuarial exams as well as strong internship placements. Northwestern students have, on average, passed 2 exams by the time they graduate; their pass rate on Exam P is 90% and on Exam FM is 80%. Actuarial graduates’ overall pass rate is 80% (compared to national pass rates of around 50%). Northwestern is just 1 of 6 CCCU schools recognized on the Society of Actuaries’ exclusive list of Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP). In addition, 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. 


Many careers in industry, education and science require the analytical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in the mathematics major. You’ll learn to communicate in the language of mathematics, writing and presenting mathematical concepts clearly and making connections among a variety of topics. You’ll also be prepared to continue your study of mathematics in graduate school or, if pairing the math major with a major in secondary education, to teach math in grades 6-12.


Northwestern offers majors in biophysics and physics education, as well as a pre-engineering program that allows you to earn a bachelor's degree from NWC and an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in engineering from Washington University (WashU) in St. Louis. Northwestern's majors in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics are great preparation for a wide variety of WashU engineering programs.

Data Science and Statistics

Our technological and data-driven society has increased recognition of the importance of statistical reasoning, making a data science and statistics major or minor an excellent choice for anyone considering a career in industry, scientific research, data analysis, predictive modeling, engineering or education.