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Mathematics

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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.

What sets us apart

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Mathematics Major Scholarship

Apply for a $2,500 per year ($10,000 total) scholarship for math majors.

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A scholarship opportunity specifically for math majors

Great news for math majors—there’s a scholarship just for you! The Mathematics Major Scholarship is a $2,500 annual tuition scholarship renewable for up to 8 semesters. It’s awarded to a first-time freshmen student each year based on superior academic performance, a written essay, and two references.

Here are the details:

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Students must declare Mathematics as their major
  • Minimum high school 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum ACT Composite Score of 28 (not including writing portion)
  • Minimum SAT Total Score of 1240 (not including writing portion)
  • Renewable up to 8 semesters by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA at North Central

Learn more about applying on our Financial Aid site.

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Internship opportunities in Minneapolis

Our unique urban location gives students opportunities to establish a career.

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Get real-world experience and hands-on training

When you’re preparing for a career and calling, an internship is often an invaluable experience. Because of North Central’s location in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, our students have unique opportunities to intern at local organizations, agencies, and businesses. Internships present new challenges and learning experiences as you prepare for your career after graduation and get one step closer to living out your calling.

You’ll be supported, mentored, and coached by your advising professor throughout your internship and have opportunities to reflect on the process. This will give you insights into your passions and God-given talents, and help you pursue a fulfilling career path. Plus, when you finish your internship you’ll have an impressive portfolio, experience to add to your resume, and a network of professionals in the industry who can recommend you—or hire you!

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Personalized attention

Small classes and a tight-knit community allow you to make great connections.

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Gain knowledge and skills through experiential learning

North Central’s math program is a small, tight-knit group, so you’ll have extensive opportunities to interact with your fellow students and professors. Your professors will become your guides as you grow in your understanding of complex mathematical concepts and your mentors as you discover and follow your calling. We place a special emphasis on experiential learning and student-led class sessions. This will give you the chance to practice teaching math to a group of students as you grow in your own understanding of the subject.

  • Mathematics Track

    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
  • Education Track

    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
  • Careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Statisticians
    • Actuaries
    • Economists
    • Middle and High School Teachers
    • Mathematicians
    • University Professors
    • Risk Analysts
    • Compensation Analysts
    • Financial Analysts
  • Supporting programs

    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
    • Sociology
    • Pre-Law

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

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Math/Bible Teacher, Christian Life Academy

Virginia Sherrill ‘15
Memphis, TN

"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."

Requirements

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

Matthew Brown

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES TO TEACH?

College Algebra, Liberal Arts Math, Calculus, Discrete Math, and Math History.