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Mathematics Major

If math is your passion, major in mathematics at WLC, where you’ll learn to work with abstract concepts and relationships, to recognize patterns, to analyze complexity, and to communicate your ideas in appropriate professional forms.

Our mathematics courses stress conceptual understanding of the development of mathematical thinking and will take you far beyond mere numerical computation.

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 you 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 us 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.

Tailor your education to meet your career aspirations

Our mathematics program 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. Students studying mathematics and secondary education have traditionally scored high within the mathematics portion of the PRAXIS standardized test. A recent graduate who majored in psychology and minored in mathematics is enrolled in the doctoral psychometric methods program at the University of Minnesota, one of the renowned programs in the nation.

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.

Immersive learning in and out of the classroom

Our mathematics majors learn from a highly qualified faculty where personal attention and one-on-one advising is the norm.  In addition, you can take advantage of our Math Club, math tutors, mathematical modeling lab, and math study room for additional learning and study opportunities.

Math Club is a student organization designed to provide further information about mathematical careers, graduate school studies, as well as offers social activities for other math enthusiasts.

The mathematics department also employs several student tutors, an opportunity that improves credentials for graduate school and employment applications.

Consider advancing your degree in graduate school

Our graduates experience incredible success in graduate school, including a high admittance rate, plus scholarship and teaching assistantship offers at the doctoral level. 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
  • 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.

Mathematics Advising Resources

Connect with Mathematics Faculty

Tova Brown
Tova Brown Mathematics Associate Professor 414.443.8941
Evan Witz
Evan Witz Mathematics Assistant Professor 414.443.8836