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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica’s mathematics major offers the perfect complement to our liberal arts foundation, producing well-rounded graduates with a refined focus and sharpened analytical and decision-making abilities.

Our students benefit from small class sizes. You’ll bond with faculty and classmates alike as you delve into lessons that will allow you to look at the world in a new way. You will gain new skills in useful everyday areas, such as:

  • Analyzing patterns
  • Communicating abstract ideas
  • Using mathematical tools to analyze real-world problems

Program alumni are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in mathematics or discover careers in the sciences, finance, computer science or actuarial science.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

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100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Program Requirements

Major: 42 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. 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 –

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.


Math majors have secured internships as program analysts, market analysts and programmers in such organizations as Securian Financial, Target Corporation and Harvard University.

Career Outlook

The outlook for St. Scholastica math grads is definitely bright. About 25% of St. Scholastica math majors have gone on to teach math in a high school setting; 35% have gone on to graduate school and 40% 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.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower 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.

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