In the briefest terms, we regard mathematics not as something a student takes, but rather something which he or she creates. Whether a student wants to teach math, plans graduate study, plans to apply mathematics in a career in industry, or desires the ability to reason logically and analytically, the study of mathematics adds up to an intellectual experience which, from the abacus to the rocket, has been essential to living.
The college of St. Scholastica offers a undergraduate program in mathematics. Students may prepare for graduate study or for careers in secondary education or industry. Mathematics majors are encouraged to pursue a minor or a second major in a field to which mathematics may be profitably applied, such as management, computer information systems or a science. Students planning to teach mathematics in middle and secondary grades should major in mathematics. Students can also prepare to teach elementary grades and select a mathematics minor.
The Mathematics Department at St. Scholastica offers some unique advantages to students interested in careers in math. Students may study and take classes in a small department which individual help and attention are the rule rather than the exception. They have the opportunity to work with a group of students in which cooperation instead of competition is stressed. There are countless opportunities for students to become math tutors or receive tutoring help themselves when necessary.
Finally, with the College's liberal arts orientation to career preparation, math majors are encouraged to explore course offerings in other academic disciplines as well, such as in humanities, the natural sciences and the behavioral arts and sciences.Careers in Math