Mathematics and Statistics

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Mathematics and Statistics Fact Sheet

More Information on the Math Program

What will I learn?

Courses include Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Logic & Proof, Modern Probability & Statistics, and Ordinary Differential Equations. In our Topics and Mathematical Computing courses, you work one-on-one with faculty on research and analysis projects.

Do you want to stand out to employers or in graduate school admissions? If so, intern. The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of available summer research experiences for undergraduate mathematics majors. The American Statistical Association maintains a list of available internships in statistics. In addition, your professors and the SAU Career Center will help you find an opportunity that fits your goals.

If you want to further specialize your skills, we recommend a dual major. We have programs in finance, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and others that will open up even more post-graduate opportunities.

Students who combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates find immediate employment as secondary math teachers.

What are some potential career outcomes?

A Mathematics major gives you immediate options for jobs in actuarial science, business analytics, and data science. Other career fields include biostatistics/biomathematics, business intelligence, mathematician, operations research, and statistician/data analyst.

If you combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement, you can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates are immediately hired as secondary math teachers.

Many of our students advance to graduate programs in Measurement & Statistics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. Two graduates went on to earn PhDs and now teach in our department.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a graduate degree can lead to substantial financial success. In 2016, the median salary for a mathematician was $105,810 and for a statistician was $80,500. Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow by 21 percent, and for statisticians grow by more than 34%, through 2024.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Angelica Rankin '15 transferred to SAU to complete her Teacher Education (5-12) and Math degree. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Iowa and now is the Associate Director of Project Lead the Way.

Tim Gillespie, Asst. Professor, Chair

Il Woo Cho, Professor
Lisa Thimm, Visiting Assistant Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics

+MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic & Proof (3 credits)
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra (3 credits)
MATH 291 Calculus III (4 credits)
MATH/STAT 300 Modern Probability & Statistics (3 credits)
MATH/STAT 301 Statistical Modeling (3 credits)
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits)
MATH 370 Real Analysis (3 credits)
MATH 380 Abstract Algebra (3 credits)
MATH 390 Mathematical Programming (3 credits)
MATH 400 Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)

Students who wish to earn a secondary (grades 5-12) teaching license will:

  • Substitute MATH 340 - Secondary Math Methods (3 credits) for MATH 400 - Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Complete required coursework in the Teacher Education Program.

+=satisfies General Education requirements

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Plan to Graduate

Year One

Oral Communication 3 Foreign Language 101 3
Written Communication 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Information Literacy 1 Health & Fitness I              1
Quantative Reasoning 0 Health & Fitness II 1
MATH 191 Calculus I 4 MATH 192 Calculus II 4 AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher or MATH 191
MATH 220 Intro to Logic and Proof 3 ACT Math 28 or higher or Math 171 MATH 290 Linear Algebra 3 Math 191 or AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Two

Creative Arts 3 n/a Humanities 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Social Science 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
MATH 291 Calculus III 4 MATH 192 or AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher MATH 301 Statistical Modeling 3 MATH 300/STAT 213 or 300
MATH 300 Modern Probability & Statistics 3 MATH 191 MATH 320 Differential Equations 3 MATH 192, 290
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

Year Three

Humanities 3 MATH 390 Mathematical Programming (needs dept approval) 3
Social Science 4 Electives 12
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
MATH 370 Real Analysis 3 MATH 192
MATH 395 Seminar 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Four

MATH 380 Abstract Algebra 3 MATH 220 / MATH 290; ENGL 101 (minimum C) Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Electives 12 Electives 12
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

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Tim Gillespie, Asst. Professor

Math and Statistics Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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