Welcome to the IWU Department of Mathematics

“The book [of nature] is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.” 
-- Galileo Galilei

Traditionally, mathematics has been one of the cornerstones upon which the physical sciences have been founded.  In modern times, the role of mathematics is ever expanding and extending into most of the areas affecting our daily lives.  

Today the increasingly complex problems encountered in such fields as engineering, cryptography, management science, economics, medical science, biology, agriculture, military science, insurance, transportation, and communications (just name a few!) all require the expertise of individuals possessing strong mathematical skills. The proliferation of high speed computers has led to a great demand for people educated in computational mathematics as well as in traditional mathematics.  Teachers of mathematics are in strong demand at all the elementary and secondary levels.

The mathematics program at Illinois Wesleyan is designed to equip  our graduates with the skills needed to succeed in this diverse job market.  Click here to learn how.

Answers to the Big Questions

 Goals of the Mathematics Major

The following are the student learning goals for the mathematics curriculum and major.

Goal 1 - Developing a knowledge base, developing problem identification and solving skills, and
learning how to apply and relate mathematics to practical problems.

Goal 2 - Learning how to read mathematics and how to communicate mathematics in verbal and written
form, strengthening habits of rigorous logical thought, learning how to construct and test hypotheses and
conjectures, and developing the ability to create, evaluate, and write mathematical proofs and arguments.

Goal 3 – Preparing our majors for professional success by keeping our curriculum dynamic and ever evolving.

Mathematics Department

Melvyn Jeter, Chair
P.O. Box 2900
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington IL 61702-2900

Phone (309) 556-3069
Fax (309) 556-3864