The primary goals of the Mathematics Department are to provide students with a sound understanding of basic mathematical concepts, principles, and processes, and to develop within students attitudes and skills needed for lifelong learning. Students will learn to pose and solve problems, communicate mathematics effectively, and use technology for solving problems.
Math Programs at Viterbo
We offer degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, and Mathematics Education (to prepare students to teach at the high school level). We also offer minors in Mathematics, and Mathematics Education (to prepare students to teach mathematics at the K-8 level). For more information about the programs, see the program requirements page.
Why Major in Mathematics?
Mathematics is a foundational discipline for quantitative and logical thinking, and for problem-solving skills used by virtually everyone. A person who likes thinking about how things work, who likes to solve knotty problems, who can appreciate the satisfaction of a well-crafted argument, might want to consider a major in Mathematics. Mathematics majors are highly prized by a vast variety of employers for their logical thinking skills, and their willingness to be challenged. Mathematics graduates enjoy highly fulfilling careers. A 2009 study showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. A 2011 article on CareerCast shows that many of the top-rated jobs involve mathematics.
Viterbo University is proud of its liberal arts approach to education. A Mathematics major at Viterbo will have ample opportunity to explore the arts, literature, history, science, and other subjects she or he might find of interest. Our students graduate as well-rounded persons who have focused on Mathematics but who have not been limited in their studies.
At Viterbo, students may expect to find:
- The classes are small, especially upper division classes.
- The faculty are dedicated to teaching, and are available for help.
- For students who are not in the education route, it is surprisingly easy to earn a minor, and even a second major.
- There are opportunities for students to participate in math competitions and summer research, and to share their results with students and faculty in campus-wide research events.
- Tutoring and study groups are readily available to help students.
What Are My Career Options?
A math degree from Viterbo will allow you to pursue a vast number of careers in industry, government, and education. You may have the option to continue to graduate school to study mathematics, statistics, or similar fields such as economics or bio-mathematics. The experience of our graduates is that a degree in Mathematics makes students very marketable; employers are looking for people with good skills in thinking and problem solving, and the ability to understand mathematical approaches to problems requiring quantitative analysis.
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