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Alison has three diverse interests: mathematics, German, and music. They may seem unrelated on the surface, but she managed to tie them together during her time as a WLC student and continues to do so as a TA at Purdue University...

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Mathematics

Mathematics extends beyond mere numerical computation. Students learn to work with abstract concepts and relationships, to recognize patterns, to analyze complexity, and to communicate their ideas professionally.

  • As an application tool, mathematics uncovers the structures and relationships that help us understand the nature and problems of the world around us. Mathematics expresses its concepts in symbols and graphic representations within a framework of logical inference that serves as the universal language for communicating technical knowledge. A major in mathematics is one of the finest courses of study for developing ability in analytical thinking. Combined with an appropriate concentration of application courses, a major in mathematics prepares the student for a wide range of career and educational opportunities.

    As an academic discipline, mathematics shapes and sharpens the rational capabilities of the mind. It is a mode of thinking that empowers the individual to absorb new ideas, adapt to rapid change, cope with ambiguity, recognize patterns, solve unconventional problems, analyze complexity, work with abstract concepts and relationships, detect bias, assess risks, and suggest alternatives. Increasingly these are the capacities of mind that are needed for responsible citizenship and successful careers.

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    WLC’s mathematics program is led by professors who have been recognized for excellence in teaching and who provide students a solid foundation in mathematics. Students will learn from experts in the mathematics discipline, as well as study from textbooks written by WLC mathematics faculty. In addition, students have an opportunity to study cryptography, a practical course of study for those interested in computer security. Cryptography is not commonly found in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum.

  • ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH

    Academic Success

    Mathematics majors learn from a highly qualified faculty. WLC mathematics graduates experience incredible success in graduate school, including a high admittance rate plus scholarship and teaching assistantship offers at the doctoral level. In addition, students can take advantage of WLC's Math Club, math tutors, mathematical modeling lab, and math study room for additional learning and study opportunities.

    Interdisciplinary Opportunities

    The mathematics program at WLC can serve as a stand-alone major or be combined with an additional major or minor for interdisciplinary study. In the past, mathematics majors have included study in computer science, business, and education to their overall study at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Students studying mathematics and secondary education have traditionally scored high within the mathematics portion of the PRAXIS standardized test. A recent mathematics minor and psychology major is enrolled in the doctoral psychometric methods program at the University of Minnesota, one of the renowned programs in the nation. 

    BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    Competitions

    Mathematics majors at WLC have repeatedly performed well in various regional, state, and national competitions. Students recently earned high marks in the Face Off! mathematics competition held at St. Norbert College.

    Campus Opportunities

    WLC math majors have an opportunity to participate in Math Club, a student organization designed to provide further information about mathematical careers, graduate school studies, and offer social activities for those interested in math. The mathematics department also employs several student tutors, an opportunity that improves credentials for graduate school and employment applications.

    GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS

    Graduate School

    WLC's mathematics major boasts an unusually high percentage of students electing to continue studies at the doctoral level. In addition, the major successfully prepares students for acceptance to some of the finest universities in the nation. In recent years, WLC's mathematics majors have been offered scholarships and teaching assistantships for doctoral programs at a number of universities, including:

    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Iowa State University
    • Oklahoma State University
    • Purdue University
    • The Ohio State University
    • University of Nebraska
    • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    • University of Washington-Seattle
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Washington University in St. Louis

    Students also may pursue graduate study in pure or applied mathematics, operations research, statistics, cryptography, business, computing, and economics as well as many areas in the natural, life, and social sciences.

    Careers

    According to JobsRated.com, mathematicians and statisticians rank among the highest for levels of job satisfaction. In addition, the National Association of Colleges and Employers ranks mathematics majors as having the second highest median starting salary among bachelor's degree employees, second only to computer science. WLC mathematics majors currently work as university professors and U.S. Defense Department employees, as well as serve in positions within such industries as banking and finance, computer programming, software development, and engineering. Graduates currently work at corporations in the Milwaukee area, including U.S. Bank and Northwestern Mutual.