Mathematics Major

Do you love numbers, data and solving complex problems?

Students majoring in mathematics learn about the quantitative design in God's creation and develop skills to describe logical, physical, financial, and scientific phenomena. Mathematics graduates are well poised for applying their knowledge and skills in careers related to financial mathematics, computer technologies, mathematics research, mathematics teaching, statistics, and scientific analysis.

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Students Speak

“I am planning on being an actuary in the future, and a strong mathematical background is recommended for this career. The math courses at Northwestern enable students to think at an advanced abstract level.”

Dana – Ramsey, Minnesota

What classes will I take?

  • Calculus I–III
  • Linear and Abstract Algebra
  • Mathematical Models and Applications
  • Modern Geometry
  • History of Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics Internship
  • Senior Project to conduct mathematical research

What can I do with this major?

  • Actuary
  • College Mathematics Professor
  • Cryptoanalyst
  • Modeling and Simulation Analyst
  • Mathematical Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Software/Web Designer
  • Statistician
  • Textbook Writer/Online Course Designer
  • Traffic Analyst

What are grads doing?

  • Working as an actuary
  • Working as a financial planned for Waddell & Reed
  • Working as a cost accountant for SuperValue
  • Attending graduate school
  • Completing postdoctoral research and teaching at Cornell University
  • Working as a cryptoanalyst for the National Security Agency
  • Working as a traffic analyst for MN Department of Transportation
  • Working as a freelance web designer