Mathematics Major

The mathematics curriculum gives you a mathematical foundation so you can analyze complex systems such as the actions of enzymes on DNA, stock market trends, the effects of invasive insect species and the evolution of human cooperation. Math majors can do anything!

Benefits

  • The department sponsors several activities - including Simpson Math Club, Actuarial Science Club, peer tutoring, undergraduate assistantships, mathematical contest in modeling and The Putnam Exam.
  • Mathematics students have the opportunity to work alongside Simpson professors to conduct research through a unique paid research opportunity, the Albert H. & Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program.
  • The mathematics department hosts the annual Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium.
  • Since 2003, Simpson has fielded more teams than any other institution in the United states for the Mathematical/Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.
  • Our program prepares students for jobs and internships by teaching students communication, leadership and group dynamic skills in addition to the necessary mathematics.

Jobs and Internships

  • NASA
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Allianz
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Logan-Magnolia High School
  • Ottumwa High School
  • Clinton High School
  • CHI-Mercy Medical Center
  • Submittal Exchange
  • Iowa DOT

Graduate Schools

  • University of Iowa
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Iowa State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of New Mexico
  • North Carolina State University
  • Boise State University

Course Requirements

  • Math 151 Calculus I
  • Math 152 Calculus II
  • Math 251 Calculus III
  • Math 265 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
  • CmSc 150 Introduction to Programming
200-Level Electives: One of the following courses
  • Math 245 Mathematical Modeling
  • Math 255 Linear Algebra
Capstone: One of the following courses
  • Math 385 Senior Research Seminar
  • Math 386 Senior Experience Seminar
Electives: Four additional 4-credit 300-level mathematics courses from the following list.
  • Math 315 Graph Theory
  • Math 325 Topology
  • Math 331 Real Analysis
  • Math 334 Applied Probability and Statistics or Math 335 Probability and Statistics
  • Math 338 Data Science
  • Math 345 Differential Equations
  • Math 350 Abstract Algebra
  • Math 360 Complex Variables
  • Math 375 Geometry
  • Math 390 Special Topics in Mathematics
  • CmSc 365 Theory of Computation
A student cannot get a Mathematics major in addition to the Actuarial Science major.
 Most 300-level electives are offered once every other year.  The usual two-year rotation for those classes appears below.  Math 385 Senior Research Seminar and Math 386 Senior Experience Seminar are offered every semester.
Fall Semester in Odd-Numbered Years | Spring Semester in Even-Numbered Years
Math 325 Topology | Math 315 Graph Theory
Math 335 Probability and Statistics | Math 338 Data Science
Math 390 Special Topics | Math 345 Differential Equations
Fall Semester in Even-Numbered Years | Spring Semester in Odd-Numbered Years
Math 331 Real Analysis | Math 334 Applied Probability and Statistics
Math 360 Complex Variables | Math 345 Differential Equations
Math 375 Geometry | Math 350 Abstract Algebra
Electives recommended for particular career interests:
  • Students wanting to teach high school should take Math 375 Geometry and either Math 334 Applied Probability and Statistics, Math 335 Probability and Statistics or an introductory statistics course offered by another department.  To be certified to teach high school, a student must also complete a minor in Secondary Education.
  • Students wanting corporate or industry employment should choose courses that connect with their interests, for instance Math 335 Probability and Statistics for students interested in Economics and Math 245 Mathematical Modeling for students interested in the sciences. Contact any faculty member for advice.
  • Students bound for graduate school in mathematics will be best prepared by taking Math 325 Topology, Math 331 Real Analysis, and Math 350 Abstract Algebra. And as many other 300-level electives as possible.