Mathematical Sciences (B.S.)
Why Study Mathematical Sciences at NIU?
Our Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a variety programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. These programs prepare you with diverse career goals, and help you develop unique strengths and talents which are valuable in an increasingly technical society.
You’ll be well prepared to be innovative and imaginative in complex situations – ready for a world of challenges. You’ll develops rigorous, logical thinking, problem-solving skills, appreciation of and familiarity with complex structures and algorithms, and the ability to learn technical, detailed or abstract material.
Our bachelor’s degree allows you to select an emphasis in general mathematical sciences, applied mathematics, computational mathematics and mathematics education. Successful completion of the emphasis in mathematics education leads to certification to teach at the 6-12 grade levels. NIU is highly-regarded for producing math teachers.
Careers with a Mathematical Sciences Degree
In addition to preparing you for graduate degrees, there are numerous career opportunities for those who hold a mathematics degree:
- Applications programmer
- High school math teacher (9-12)
- Computational Scientist
- Computer applications
- Software engineer
- Computer programmer
- Computer systems analyst
- Database administrator
- Operations research analyst
- Systems engineer
- Applied mathematician
- Business analyst
- Economic analyst
- Investment manager
- Market researcher
- Product developer
- Biomedical engineer
Mathematical Sciences Faculty
Reflecting the dual teaching/research role of a major university, our program is home to recognized mathematical researchers and some of the best mathematics teachers in the state. We value our excellent reputation for quality teaching and are proud of the large number of award-winning teachers within the department. Many of our teachers bring topics from their current research into the classroom. Our faculty members are accessible to students at regular scheduled hours and by appointment.
Visit our Faculty page to learn more.
Hands-on Learning Opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities for you beyond classwork, such as:
- Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Program (USOAR)
- Mathematical Contest in Modeling
- Undergrad Mathematics Contest
- Study Abroad
- Free tutoring at the Mathematics Assistance Center
There is also an active Math Club hosting talks about career options, tours of local labs, math movies and fellowship with other majors.