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.
of current math majors have an additional major, are pursuing teaching licensure or both
Recent mathematics grads are placed in career fields such as engineering, finance and information technology
Three of Central’s mathematics faculty have won college-wide teaching awards
The Real World
Shannon Coulson ’15, research associate in tumor immunology, NewLink Genetics, Ames
University of Colorado-Boulder, aerospace engineering sciences
Iowa State University, architecture
Montana State University, molecular biosciences
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Pella Regional Health Center, Data analyst intern
Vision Financial Group, Des Moines
Allied Technologies, Des Moines
The Bridge, Ottumwa
Courses & Faculty
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.
Russell Goodman, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mathematics, interest areas include sports analytics, algebraic geometry, mathematics in pop culture, teaching mathematical communication skills
Allen Hibbard, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science, interest areas include teaching abstract algebra and calculus using Mathematica, programming, genealogy
Thomas Linton, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mathematics , interest areas include descriptive set theory, statistics and calculus
Mark Mills, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics, interest areas include actuarial science education
Wendy Weber, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics , interest areas include geometry, mathematical and pedagogical preparation of prospective and in-service teachers and oral and written mathematical communication
Calculus I and II
Introduction to Computer Science
Foundations of Mathematics
Abstract Algebra I
Real Analysis I
The Central Difference
Students of mathematics at Central participate in numerous research opportunities both on campus, such as working on a senior thesis or Bosch Summer Undergraduate Student Research Fellowships, as well as 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.
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. Mathematics secondary education majors are encouraged to apply for the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) program. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Want to find out more about Mathematics at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.