The skills gained by studying mathematics, such as problem solving, technical communication skills and reasoning with quantitative information, open doors to many careers in industry, government, business, computer programming and education. Students have used their mathematics degree in combination with their liberal arts education to become engineers, lawyers, AmeriCorps volunteers, human resources specialists and graduate students pursuing doctorates in diverse areas such as molecular bioscience, aerospace engineering and education.
Central offers a flexible course schedule that allows you to gain comprehensive mathematics experience and pursue teacher licensure, internships and study abroad, all while graduating in four years. If you appreciate logical thinking and enjoy the challenge of solving problems, pursuing a degree in mathematics at Central College can provide a path to future success.
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"Every class has made me a stronger problem solver."
The mathematics major at Central allows students to develop core mathematical skills (pattern recognition, generalization, abstraction, logical reasoning, modeling, analyzing and solving problems, reading and analyzing mathematical content), as well as the ability to communicate mathematics clearly and concisely in both oral and written forms. The ability to reason with quantitative information, solve intricate problems, and communicate the results to others are highly valued skills in any field.
Learn more about mathematics in the course catalog.
Students of mathematics at Central participate in numerous research opportunities both on campus, such as working on a senior thesis, and off campus through Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at a variety of larger universities. These opportunities deepen students’ knowledge of applied or abstract mathematics and prepare them for future careers or further study in graduate school.
Central’s Vermeer Science Center was awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council, the first LEED-rated building in the state. Students have direct access to classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and presentation technology.
As math major, you have international opportunities through Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education. All Central students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Russ Goodman’s desire to connect with students motivates his research interest in mathematical applications in pop culture.
Jakob Steenhoek, entrepreneur and 2015 business management graduate, uses drones to capture video and photos for clients throughout Iowa.
After months exploring topics like sports analytics, Parkinson’s Disease, prairie grasses and consumer behavior, 182 Central students presented their research May 5-6.