###### Mathematics Major

## Overview

The Mathematics program at IWU is designed to develop students critical thinking and analytical skills, enabling them to tackle some of the toughest real-world problems. In addition, our program focuses on preparing students to be able to effectively communicate their ideas, both in written and verbal form. Most major employers state that strong communication skills and the ability to work on a team are two of the main qualities they look for in a potential employee. Our close-knit IWU mathematics community of both students and professors provides a great opportunity to hone your talents.

Math majors also rank in the top five for college majors by discipline in regards to average starting salaries in the 2012 NACE Salary Survey. Graduates earning mathematics degrees now average $43,800—up 3.1 percent from last year. Moreover, four of five employers providing these graduates with the greatest number of opportunities (insurance, management consulting, computer systems design, and manufacturing) provide average starting salaries that exceed $50,000. For additional information on careers in mathematics, please visit the Mathematics Department website.

The mathematics department hires students for various positions such as lab monitor, tutor, and teaching assistant. Furthermore, interested students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects with our faculty members. These projects are available to students at all levels, and are done in a variety of fields.

Dr. Seung Hwan Lee

Curious about your math professors? Learn more about our distinguished math faculty.

## Sample Four-Year Curriculum

This is just an example four-year plan; your actual schedule can/will deviate from this sample. Your faculty advisor will work with you to match appropriate courses with your interests.

### First Year

### Second Year

### Third Year

- Choose three of the following:
- MATH 300 Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 303 Regression and Time Series
- MATH 307 Numerical Analysis
- MATH 310 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
- MATH 324 Probability
- MATH 325 Mathematical Statistics
- MATH 330 Linear Programming
- MATH 337 Algorithmic Number Theory
- MATH 340 Differential Equations
- MATH 351 Wavelet Analysis

- Choose one of the following:

- General Education Courses
- Electives or Courses for Second Major or Minor

### Fourth Year

- MATH 499 Research
- Choose one of the following:
- MATH 300 Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 303 Regression and Time Series
- MATH 307 Numerical Analysis
- MATH 310 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
- MATH 324 Probability
- MATH 325 Mathematical Statistics
- MATH 330 Linear Programming
- MATH 337 Algorithmic Number Theory
- MATH 340 Differential Equations
- MATH 351 Wavelet Analysis

- Choose one of the following:

- General Education Courses
- Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor

Once enrolled, all students will have a degree evaluation tool available to them on MyIWU. This will help you determine what courses are required to graduate on time.