Mathematics

Departmental Goals

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, and to communicate 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 discipline that depends on logical thinking. It provides students with the kind of problem-solving skills that are used by virtually everyone.  A person who likes thinking about how things work, who likes to solve knotty problems, who gets satisfaction from a well-crafted argument, is the kind of person for whom a major in Mathematics is designed.  Mathematics graduates enjoy highly fulfilling careers, and this article from the Wall Street Journal shows why careers in mathematics have such high job satisfaction.  In fact this 2014 article on CareerCast shows that three of the four top-ranked jobs are well suited for those with degrees in mathematics and goes to show why mathematics graduates are so highly prized by a vast variety of employers for their logical thinking skills, and their willingness to be challenged.

Why Viterbo?

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:

  • classes are small, especially upper division classes.
  • faculty are dedicated to teaching, and are available for help.
  • it is surprisingly easy to earn a minor, and even a second major, for students who are not on the education route.
  • opportunities to participate in math competitions and summer research, and to share results with students and faculty in campus-wide research events.
  • tutoring and study groups readily available to help.

For more information contact:

Sheldon Lee, PhD
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Physics
608-796-3658
shlee@viterbo.edu