# Mathematics Major

Are you interested in problem solving and the structure of the world? Do you like using the latest technology? Do you learn best in small classes and individual attention? Then Mathematics is the major for you.

The Mathematics Department endeavors to develop your numerical and analytical abilities to investigate, formulate, analyze and articulate solutions to problems within the discipline of mathematics.

#### What can I do with a Math major?

Anything you want! A Math major is not a “door closer,” but is usually seen as a “door opener.” Employers who see that you have earned a degree with a Math major will perceive you as intelligent, dedicated, and at your core, a problem solver.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, you will be able to:

- Communicate mathematical concepts, vocabulary, and notation.
- Write, critique, and interpret various forms of mathematical proof.
- Calculate, apply, and synthesize core content (e.g., algebra, calculus, statistics) in mathematics.
- Utilize effective strategies in problem solving, including data analysis and multiple representations of mathematical ideas (i.e., visualization/graphs, symbolic notations, and numerical data).

#### Why should I study math at Concordia instead of somewhere else?

This is best answered by our students who have told us the following comments:

“This is a challenging program. I was going to study a different area, but after taking mathematics classes the other program seemed boring and not very fulfilling.”

“We really form a close-knit group of folks in our math classes. Since the classes are usually around 15 folks in size, we get to know each other really well and can work together to help each other out.”

Studying math at Concordia will allow you to:

- Prepare for future vocations in any desired field, including finance, education and industry.
- Understand the philosophy and foundation of mathematical thought.
- Prepare for graduate study if desired.

#### What are some of the other opportunities in mathematics while at Concordia?

Besides the normal class structure, Concordia’s Mathematics program offers opportunities for you to be a part of research in mathematics via the Presidential Showcase and local research conferences. Concordia students also can attend various mathematics and mathematics education conferences with the faculty such as the Mathematical Association of America or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics held each year at the University of Nebraska.

The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society have been meeting with social and topical gatherings so you can meet others at Concordia as well as offer service to the community. Also, many of our students have been accepted to spend their summers in undergraduate research at universities across the country where they meet other college students, do mathematical research, and get paid as well!