Amy Varner and Marge McIlwain

Mathematics

Our Mathematics major is designed to help the student attain: 1) an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental methods of deductive reasoning;   2) adequate preparation for work in graduate and professional school; 3) facility in the use of mathematics as a tool; 4) thorough familiarity with modern mathematical concepts.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Mathematics (4 year)

Secondary education certification is available

Also available as a minor

Why Mathematics?

  • 1 Mathematics is integral to our 21st century technology and is central to many areas of science, engineering, computing, finance, and industry.
  • 2 According to the United States Department of Labor, people who work in Mathematics-related fields earn a median of $74,040 a year.
  • 3 A degree in Mathematics will further develop your analytical, logic, critical thinking, reasoning, and organizational skills, all of which are useful in every profession.

Careers in Mathematics

  • Teacher
  • Acturial Scientist
  • Cryptographist
  • Ecologist
  • Climatologist
  • Financial Consultant/Analyst

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Chicago
  • New York University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Indiana State University

Why Study Mathematics at Saint Joseph's College?

Variety

Our Mathematics program is designed to lead to several career paths. After graduating from SJC with a degree in Mathematics, you will be prepared to enter graduate school, teach mathematics at the secondary level, or find a job involving applied mathematics.  

Hands-on Experience

SJC’s Mathematics program places emphasis on gathering and modeling data for application in the real world. That said, the faculty members at SJC encourage all of their students to pursue internships. Common internships in the Department of Mathematics include working with the Donaldson Corporation, the National Security Agency, AT & T, and the Teaching Scholars Program.

Dedication to Excellence

We pride ourselves on having facilities comparable to a large university but with a more personal atmosphere. SJC's Department of Mathematics has high quality equipment and is constantly in search of new technology. Thanks to the Vernier Grant, our Mathematics students have access to new technology that shows them how Mathematics can be applicable in the real world.

Faculty and Class Size

SJC's Department of Mathematics consists of faculty members who hold master’s or doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. The average class size ranges between 10 and 15 students.

Photo | Jason J. Burke '01

Jason J. Burke '01

Graduate in Computer Science and Math

 

Jason is Director of Internet Solutions for Discover Financial Services: "It was my SJC education (especially the Core Program) that paid the biggest dividends in my career."

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.