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, probability and statistics, mathematics education and actuarial science. Successful completion of the emphasis in mathematics education leads to certification to teach at the 6-12 grade levels. NIU is ranked 7th in the nation for producing math teachers.
Careers with a Mathematical Sciences Degree
Our program will can prepare you for a number of careers, such as:
- Actuary articles
- Bill and account collector
- Budget analyst
- Careers in applied mathematics
- Consumer products research scientist
- Data miner
- Equity trader
- Insurance underwriter
- Investment broker
- Loan officer
- Statistics careers
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.