Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
- Roger Bacon
Various concepts of mathematics are useful to an increasing number of disciplines in which quantification and logical order are essential. Occupational fields open to students who have completed one of the department's programs include mathematical analysis in industry or government, teaching, computer-related employment, data analysis and other statistical work, and mathematical aspects of business and finance.
The Department of Mathematics provides course work for a major in Mathematics with options in Pure or Applied Mathematics, Teacher Education (for Licensure as secondary teachers), and Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences. Requirements are sufficiently flexible to allow for individual interests and some specialization based upon career goals. Minors are offered in Mathematics and Statistics.
A concentration in mathematics which will meet the Illinois State Board of Education endorsement in mathematics for upper middle school and junior high teachers is also available for elementary education majors. Service courses are taught for students majoring in business, the physical sciences, and pre-engineering, and courses are available to meet the University General Education requirements.