Mathematics at a glance
North Central’s mathematics major focuses on two areas—preparing students with the pure mathematics they need to pursue graduate school or careers in math fields, and preparing students to teach math in middle school and high school. Through our well-rounded curriculum in pure and applied mathematics, you’ll gain skills in analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and abstract thinking.
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Interested in earning your degree in Mathematics?
What sets us apart
The mathematics track will prepare you with the math skills you need to pursue careers in math, applied math, business, risk analysis, and economics, as well as graduate school. You’ll learn to:
- Solve complex problems using both abstract and concrete concepts
- Break complex problems into smaller steps
- Analyze data and information
- Form hypotheses and conclusions based on analysis
- Describe financial, physical, social, and scientific occurences
The mathematics education track, offered through the Education Department, will prepare you to teach in middle and high schools. You’ll learn to:
- Think mathematically
- Understand the central concepts of teaching mathematics
- Create meaningful and memorable learning experiences
- Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills
- Teach topics such as differential equations, linear algebra, probability and statistics, discrete math, proof techniques, and problem solving
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Middle and High School Teachers
- University Professors
- Risk Analysts
- Compensation Analysts
- Financial Analysts
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Business Administration
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Virginia Sherrill ‘15
"As a math student I was always challenged and supported in my classes. The deep understanding of mathematics I received at North Central has translated over to my career to help me teach my students to think critically and encourage them to problem solve."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Mathematics degree.
Meet one of your professors
Assistant Professor: Math
In 2011, I started my Masters degree at the University of Minnesota in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education. I was a TA in the Mathematics Department for calculus courses. The summer before I had encountered God in a mighty way. I ended up sharing my testimony of Jesus Christ with my calculus discussion sections that fall, spring, and my Pre-calculus section that I taught in the summer.
Becoming a little more bold I prayed at the beginning of the first day of class Fall 2012 for all of my Pre-calculus sections. My students protested and I lost my TA-ship. I took a semester off not sure what to do next, discouraged. I fasted and prayed. I told the Lord when He returned I would not mind teaching Math at His University. The Lord then gave me a position teaching math Saint Paul Community College that same spring 2013, as a substitute for a maternity leave.
My last semester of my masters program, after getting my MN math teaching license I emailed North Central asking if they needed adjuncts. I was hired the following spring 2015 to teach Discrete Math, the topic of my masters thesis.
I didn’t have to wait until the Lord came back to teach at one of His schools.
WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?
My masters thesis was in combinatorics, which is a topic in number theory. The undergrad course that touches on these topics is discrete mathematics. I also have training in teaching math. I have my Minnesota Math Teaching License, which was my emphasis in my masters program.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?
Talking freely about the intersection of God, the bible, and our lives in the context of a math course.