Why study mathematics at Benedictine?

When you choose to become a Mathematics major at Benedictine University, you will benefit from a program that emphasizes general knowledge and principles, and develops your intellectual capabilities. You will be guided in developing your abilities in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving. You will learn the basic techniques and models of the mathematical sciences.

Students will be challenged and study under experienced faculty who have doctoral degrees in the areas of applied mathematics, functional analysis, hyperbolic geometry, abstract algebra, biomathematics and statistics.

Students can become a teaching assistant, tutor high school and college students and perform undergraduate research as part of Benedictine’s summer program as well as throughout the year. You may be able to participate in an internship in your field of interest, or you may gain the experience of performing research at off-campus locations such as Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory or universities offering summer undergraduate research programs.

Benedictine University participates in the science education programs of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. The annual student symposium in April provides a forum to present results of research or an interesting mathematical problem to students and faculty from member colleges. Benedictine University students have traditionally presented a significant percentage of all student papers at the symposium.

You will be able to participate in the Math Club, an organization that plans academic and social activities throughout the year. You may be eligible for the student chapters of the Mathematical Association of America or mathematics honors societies Kappa Mu Epsilon or Pi Mu Epsilon.

What careers are available with a degree in Mathematics?

A degree in Mathematics at Benedictine University offers you great flexibility in choosing a career. Benedictine’s Mathematics graduates are prepared to pursue productive careers in government, education, industry or business in such areas as actuarial science, statistics, quality control, teaching at the secondary level, research, mathematical modeling and other applications in both science and business. More than 125 Benedictine graduates are active as high school mathematics teachers.

Actuarial Science Concentration

A major in Mathematics prepares you for graduate work in mathematics, computer science and other sciences. Students who choose to concentrate in Actuarial Science are prepared to take the first two exams required toward fellowship in the Society of Actuaries.

What facilities are available?

The Department of Mathematics is housed in the Birck Hall of Science, which includes advanced laboratories, computer classrooms and faculty offices. These systems are used exclusively for student instruction and faculty research.



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