Department of Mathematics & Engineering
God and Math: How they come together at Northwestern...
Getting your degree in engineering, computer science or mathematics opens opportunities for well-paid, challenging and enjoyable careers.
Our field has a legacy of advances in technology, aviation, economic forecasting, and the development of new materials. If you like science or mathematics or find those skills come naturally to you, come and find your place at Northwestern.
We can give you a degree supported by so much more than head knowledge.
Why is Northwestern the best place to study?
- We give you a biblical foundation by integrating faith-related perspectives to concepts like the infinite, dimension and mathematical certainty. We investigate how faith shaped the development of quantitative disciplines. We help cultivate an awe for our Creator by studying the natural world.
- We immediately involve you in outstanding opportunities like advanced coursework, research, and training with the latest computer software and applications.
- We emphasize real-life learning with numerous opportunities beyond the classroom.
- Our professors have done amazing work in their field coming from places like the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Defense. We have a former statistician for the state of Ohio and a globally accomplished engineer with numerous patents.
Where can you go with us?
- Engineering Dual Degree: We partner with the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities so you can earn two bachelor’s degrees—one from Northwestern and another from the University of Minnesota, in five years.
- Computer Science: Function effectively in a variety of computer technology careers.
- Mathematics: Use the best of applied and theoretiecal mathematics to solve quantitative problems in business, government and technology and develop new mathematical tools and ideas.
- Mathematics Education: Prepare for a career teaching math in grades 5–12 at public or private schools (full details are given under Department of Education programs).
- Graduate School: Well prepared students may complete additional graduate studies at top universities that offer free tuition and additional stipends.
After graduation, you can dive right into the field (to name a few careers):
- Engineering: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical
- Database Administrator
- Information Technology Analyst
- Software Developer
- Systems Analyst
- College Professor
- Modeling and Simulation Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
“I really like that what I’m learning can be applied to every-day situations instead of just solving problems without knowing what someone can use it for. The math courses at Northwestern enable students to think at an advanced abstract level.”
– Dana Smith ’12, applied mathematics major
"When I can get my students to the point where they’re willing to interact and even question what I’m doing and say, ‘I don’t think that’s right,’—that’s even better because they’re not afraid to interject their ideas and thoughts into a project. Those moments are really great.”
–Matthew Hyre, Ph.D., Engineering Professor Graduate of West Point and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
What will I do beyond classes?
- Math and Engineering Research for the Real World: Conduct advanced research with a professor in biomedicine, environmental technologies and manufacturing.
- Internships: Gain job skills and experience in a business setting or conduct original mathematical research.
- Mathematics Competitions: Participate in local, regional, national and/or international mathematics competitions.
- Conference Presentations: Attend and present at local and national conferences.
- Alpha Center Tutoring: Assist other students completing general education mathematics courses.
- Teaching Assistantship: Assist faculty with grading and other course-related work.