The College of St. Scholastica
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Fast Facts: Mathematics Major and Minor
Major: 42 credits
Minor: 20 credits
Math majors have secured internships as program analysts, market analysts and programmers in such organizations as Securian Financial, Target Corporation and Harvard University.
The outlook for St. Scholastica math grads is definitely bright. About 25 percent of St. Scholastica math majors have gone on to teach math in a high school setting; 35 percent have gone on to graduate school and 40 percent have put their mathematics skills to use working in actuarial professions, engineering, academics, government and private industry.
Become a math teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Go to the B.A./B.S. Middle/Secondary Education page.
Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
MTH 3302 - Contemporary Geometry
Foundations of Euclidean geometry, solid geometry; introductions to non-Euclidean geometry; spherical geometry. Course includes dynamic geometry investigations using appropriate software. Prerequisite: MTH 2401 or instructor's permission.
MTH 3321 - Multivariable Calculus
Topics include functions of several variables, gradients, partial derivatives and multiple integrals, vector fields, Green's and Stoke's theorems, and applications. Prerequisite: MTH 2222.
MTH 3323 - Differential Equations
Introduction to the theory of differential equations, varied methods to solve linear, nonlinear equations, quantitative analysis of solutions of equations. Prerequisites: MTH 2222.
MTH 4332 - Abstract Algebra I
Introduction to groups, ring and field theory; group homomorphism and isomorphism, Cayley's theorem, and quotient groups, Lagrange's theorem; rings, ideals, ring homomorphism and basic properties of fields. Prerequisite: MTH 3322 or instructor's permission.
MTH 4421 - Principles of Analysis I
Introduction to real analysis. It includes completeness of the real number system, topology of the real line, sequences, convergence, limits, continuity, differentiability and the Riemann integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisites: MTH 3321,MTH 3322.
MTH 4422 - Principles of Analysis II
Sequences of functions, uniform convergence, the Bounded Convergence Theorem, infinite series, topology of the set of real numbers, Heine-Borel Theorem and metric spaces. Prerequisite: MTH 4421.
MTH 4500 - Senior Seminar
This course is required for all Mathematics majors. Under the direction of Mathematics faculty, students pick topics in any area of math, do research/independent reading and write papers for presentation. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
"Being in the math department was a great experience. The professors were always available if you needed help, and they always encouraged extracurricular math activities, like Math Club and the NCS/MAA team contest. They also have some killer math jokes!"
– Kayla Skundberg, ’15
“Because my math classes dig deep into complex scientific principles, I have a polished understanding and appreciation of the beauty of science, which helps me with my chemistry courses. I am also drawn by how passionate and helpful the professors are — they are amazing!"
– Paul Takunda Chazovachiii, '16