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 and Chair

Il Woo Cho, Professor
Lisa Thimm, Visiting Assistant Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (39 credits)

+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.

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Click here to read course descriptions for Math

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Math. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

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

Year Two

Creative Arts 3 Humanities 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Social Science 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
MATH 291 Calculus III
[Pre-req MATH 192 or AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher]
4 MATH 301 Statistical Modeling
[Pre-req MATH 300/STAT 213 or 300]
MATH 300 Modern Probability & Statistics
[Pre-req MATH 191]
3 MATH 320 Differential Equations
[Pre-req 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
[Pre-req MATH 192]
MATH 395 Seminar 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Four

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

Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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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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