The bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at NDMU combines advanced concepts of mathematical sciences with programming and technology to develop problem solvers and critical thinkers. Equally important, our math majors are taught how to apply these concepts to practical scenarios and how to communicate solutions to non-technical audiences. A degree in mathematics is an asset in a data-driven world. It can prepare for graduate school or positions in analytics, finance, government, or technology.
Features of the Math Program
- Problem-Solving – tackling challenging problems and delivering solutions develop transferable skills for in-demand careers (engineering, software development, financial analysis, etc.)
- Practical Application – emphasis on how mathematical concepts can be applied to solve real-world challenges
- Career Options – pathways designed for your goals (graduate school, dual degree in physics and engineering, teaching certification, etc.)
- Professional Development – opportunities to build your resume through internships and research
- Women in STEM – empowerment and support entering a field in which women are underrepresented
Customize Your Education
At NDMU, our strength is our ability to weave your unique interests into your individual education. Faculty and advisors will help you craft an experience based on your aspirations through course electives or minors.
Double Major or Add a Minor
Many math majors choose to double major or add a minor such as business, biology, computer information systems, or physics to combine their interests and prepare for a particular career path.
For example, a mathematics major that aspires to work in finance and investment management could pair a minor in business or economics. Another interested in data privacy could pursue a double major with computer information systems.
Notre Dame offers courses in a wide variety of fields and subject areas, so the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Dual Degree Engineering Program
Through articulation agreements with premier engineering programs, NDMU offers a pathway to earn a BA in Mathematics from NDMU in 3-4 years followed by a BS in Engineering in 2-3 years from one of the following universities:
The Dual Degree Engineering Program includes opportunities for chemistry, computer information systems, mathematics, and physics majors. Contact the program coordinator to discuss your interests and goals to determine the most appropriate program for you.
Note: Admission to engineering schools is competitive and is not guaranteed.
Pursue a Teaching Career
If your dream is to ultimately become a teacher, our advisors can help you pair the classes needed to earn your Secondary Education Certification. This will prepare you to become certified to teach math in secondary schools (grades 7-12).
The Minor in Mathematics provides a foundation in mathematical concepts, which enhances understanding of principles of science and technology.
Majors that often add a math minor include chemistry, biology, computer information systems, and physics.
One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.
Our faculty also work with math majors to identify additional research opportunities. For example, NDMU students have participated in the eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates hosted by the University of Michigan.
Internships for mathematics majors are highly encouraged. An internship is an excellent opportunity to explore your interests, apply classroom learning, and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your resume.
Several NDMU math majors have recently taken part in the National Security Scholars Program (NSSP). NSSP is a competitive program that offers opportunities for scholarships, assistance with national security clearance processing, internships, and future employment.
In the fourth year, math majors complete a two-part capstone experience. First, they take everything learned and write an essay about how they have grown as a mathematician.
The second part is an independent research project. Math majors choose a topic of interest to research beyond what was covered in class and develop a poster or presentation.
The capstone experience is an opportunity to reflect on your growth, further explore your interests in the field, and prepare to present your work professionally.
The ability to think critically, analyze data, and solve complex problems is valuable in today’s data-driven world. A mathematics degree can open many opportunities in high demand fields including analytics and forecasting, finance, intelligence, and medicine.
Graduates of the NDMU mathematics program have secured positions at organizations such as:
Many with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics choose to later pursue a graduate program. Potential master’s programs include:
- Data Analytics
- Pure or Applied Mathematics