Majors

Mathematics major

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Do you enjoy the excitement of discovering patterns and the challenge of solving problems? Are you interested in teaching middle or high school mathematics? Pursuing a degree in mathematics at Central College might be the right choice for you. The skills gained by studying mathematics, such as problem solving and the ability to reason with quantitative information and solve intricate problems, opens the door to a wide range of careers in business industry, government and teaching. Central offers a flexible course schedule that allows students to gain teacher licensure, internship experience and study abroad experience. Graduates have gone on to become actuarial assistants, business analysts, middle and high school mathematics teachers and computer programmers.

 

Faculty

Successful Careers

Internships

Looking for experience? An internship might be the answer. When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. In today’s competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Past internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.

Courses

Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)

Facilities

The Vermeer Science Center underwent a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. In addition to biology, chemistry, physics and natural science departments, the mathematics and computer science departments are located in Vermeer. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new Dell computers with flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of math and science computer programs. Numerous science laboratories with state-of-the-art science equipment allow students to conduct their own research. Just inside the main entrance is an easy to use touchscreen kiosk with a building directory that can be searched by room or professor’s name. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.

The computing science program is proud to offer a unique computing laboratory with an advanced networking lab which allows students to get hands-on computer networking experience. The laboratory includes an eight node, 16 processor cluster to support high performance, parallel computing activities. The laboratory also has other advanced technologies to support courses and independent studies.

Department Web site

Want to know even more about majoring in mathematics at Central? The mathematics and computer science department maintains its own website with even more information.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.