Academics

Mathematics

What’s among the most fascinating of all disciplines…the purest of all art forms…the most challenging of games? If you answered “math,” you may have found your major!

Mathematicians contribute to society in a wide variety of ways. They’re problem solvers and creative thinkers, fulfilling vital roles in our society.  Mathematics is often pursued in conjunction with other fields.

Mathematics is the abstract system used to study the universe, organize thought and solve problems, while computer information systems is the foundation for managing information and data. At Concordia, we strive to prepare graduates interested in what can be highly theoretical disciplines to be creative problem solvers and thinkers that reach practical solutions to real-world challenges – whether they are researchers, teachers, programmers or engineers. Our liberal arts foundation provides communication skills that are essential to being effective in your career of choice.

Today’s math majors are tomorrow’s medical researchers, actuaries, financiers and economists, government planners and administrators; computer scientists, engineers, educators, biologists, chemists and physicists, psychologists and sociologists and more!

Concordia University Chicago was founded as a school of education and continues its long tradition of preparing excellent teachers. For students interested in teaching high school mathematics, we offer a fully accredited program leading to Illinois certification.

Mathematics majors at CUC have been very successful in gaining entrance to graduate programs at respected institutions such as Northern and Southern Illinois universities, Iowa State University, Columbia University, Purdue University, and DePaul University.

General Course Information

At CUC, you may choose between a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. The bachelor of arts degree in mathematics has required courses that cover calculus, mathematical proofs, algebra and complex analysis. This degree track allows you to choose from many math courses, and you can even select a computer information systems course.

The bachelor of science degree in mathematics is designed for students considering graduate school in mathematics, or who want to connect their interest in mathematics with another discipline such as accounting or the natural sciences. Through this track you will choose a specialization from natural science, pure mathematics, computer science or actuarial science.

For elementary education majors, we offer courses leading to a math specialty and the Middle School Endorsement. You will take required math courses in combination with your education classes. Since mathematics complements many other disciplines, many students choose to minor in mathematics.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

In addition to having access to a variety of internships in the Chicago area, CUC offers math students a wide array of study-abroad opportunities. Recent student experiences have included student teaching at the International School in Shanghai, China, and studying advanced mathematics in Budapest, Hungary.

Students completing the mathematics major at CUC have been very successful in gaining entrance to graduate programs. Our graduates have attended such respected institutions as Northern and Southern Illinois Universities; Iowa State University; Columbia University; Purdue and DePaul University. Many of our graduates are teaching at schools around the country, including Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

For more information about Mathematics at CUC, please contact Dr. Mary Goetting at mary.goetting@cuchicago.edu.

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