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Mathematics Major & Minor

Mathematics is about mental discipline. It involves thinking about the world in different ways and exercising your intellect like an athlete in training. And if you've got math on the brain, we can challenge you with great faculty, intelligent peers and fascinating coursework.

Our graduates go on a variety of careers.  Many go to work as computer programmers or software engineers, while others take other types of positions at financial or insurance companies.  In fact, our graduates who become actuaries have reported that they are better prepared with their mathematics degree than their colleagues with actuarial degrees.  Other alumni go to graduate school in mathematics, statistics, economics, education, engineering, law, or medicine.

Congratulations to SJU alumnus Matthew Haines, who is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Augsburg College.  He was recently awarded the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America's award for excellence in teaching.  Congratulations, Matt!

Matthew Haines

(Photo by Stephen Geffre, used with permission)

Overview of Program

  • You are encouraged to take calculus your first semester. If you aren't sure if you are ready, look through the Calculus Readiness Exam.
  • We emphasize a conceptual understanding of mathematics together with problem solving and analytical thinking skills.
  • Mathematics is considered a core part of a liberal arts education.
  • Learn more about our program.

Program Highlights

  • Each year the department sponsors a Pi Mu Epsilon conference, a forum for undergraduates to present original research.  The conference for Spring 2017 will feature the president of the Mathematical Association of America, Francis Su.
  • The Math Society is one of the more active clubs on campus.
  • Every year, mathematics students present at the Mathematical Association of America Student Paper Session. Numerous students have received awards at these meetings.
  • Student every year can choose to take our Math Topics course which includes many contemporary and non-traditional undergraduate topics. In recent years courses in Mathematical Modeling, Bioinformatics, Differential Geometry and Game Theory have been offered.