North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

We offer both a B.A. and a B.S. degree. As a mathematics major, you can choose from several programs of study:

     To earn the B.A. degree in mathematics, you need to complete at least 40 hours in mathematics, including

Required core courses:

MTH 141: Integrated Calculus II:  Calculus of Derivatives -or-

MTH 151:  Calculus I

MTH 152:  Calculus II

MTH 153:  Calculus III

MTH 254:  Calculus IV

MTH 280:  The Nature of Proof in Mathematics

MTH 300:  Linear Algebra

MTH 375:  Problem Solving Seminar (at least one term)

MTH 421:  Abstract Algebra I

MTH 461:  Real Analysis I

MTH 490:  Seminar

Electives (select one group):

Group 1: At least four of the following courses: MTH 305, MTH 310, MTH 315, MTH 323, MTH 341, MTH 342, MTH 355, MTH 422, MTH 462, MTH 473

Group 2: (required for students seeking a supplemental major in secondary education) MTH 305, MTH 310, MTH 341, MTH 342, and completion of the secondary education supplemental major (see description of Education Department programs).

     To earn the B.S. degree in mathematics, you need to complete at least 44 hours in mathematics, including

Required core courses:

MTH 141: Integrated Calculus II:  Calculus of Derivatives -or-

MTH 151:  Calculus I

MTH 152:  Calculus II

MTH 153:  Calculus III

MTH 254:  Calculus IV

MTH 280:  The Nature of Proof in Mathematics

MTH 300:  Linear Algebra

MTH 323:  Complex Variables

MTH 375:  Problem Solving Seminar (at least two terms)

MTH 421:  Abstract Algebra I

MTH 461:  Real Analysis I

MTH 490:  Seminar

Electives:

Choose at least two of: MTH 422, MTH 462, MTH 473
Choose at least one pair: MTH 341 and MTH 342, or MTH 315 and MTH/PHY 355

Required Support Courses for the B.S. degree in mathematics:
CSC 161 and an additional computer science course at the 200-level or above of at least 3.00 credit hours; and a minor in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, or physics, or completion of the requirements for certification as a secondary teacher of mathematics.

NOTES:
No course numbered below MTH 141 may be counted toward the B.A. or B.S.
degree in Mathematics. Students intending to go to graduate school in mathematics
are strongly encouraged to take MTH 323, MTH 422, MTH 462, and MTH 473.

     To earn a Mathematics Minor, you need to complete at least 21 credit hours, including

Required core courses:

MTH 141:  Integrated Calculus II:  Calculus of Derivatives –or-

MTH 151:  Calculus I

MTH 152:  Calculus II

MTH 153:  Calculus III

MTH 254:  Calculus IV

MTH 300:  Linear Algebra

MTH 315:  Ordinary Differential Equations with Applications

Elective

Three additional credits in mathematics at the 300-level or above, or a 400-level course or independent study project in another discipline involving significant applications of mathematics (such as ECN 440, ECN 445, PHY 441); other options must be approved by the chair of the mathematics department before the end of the junior year.

     To earn the B.A. degree in Applied Mathematics, you need to complete the following requirements:

1.  Required core courses:

MTH 141: Integrated Calculus II:  Calculus of Derivatives -or-

MTH 151:  Calculus I

MTH 152:  Calculus II

MTH 153:  Calculus III

MTH 254:  Calculus IV

MTH 280:  The Nature of Proof in Mathematics

MTH 300:  Linear Algebra

MTH 315:  Ordinary Differential Equations with Applications

MTH 341:  Probability and Statistics I

MTH 342:  Probability and Statistics II

MTH 355:  Applied Mathematical Techniques

MTH 461:  Real Analysis I

2. A minor or major outside of the math department;
3. Three-credit-hour capstone experience in
• a 400 level course with topics involving significant applications of mathematics in the other major/minor field -or-
• a 400 level independent study project involving significant applications of mathematics in the other major/minor.
The option needs to be approved by the chair of the mathematics department before the end of junior year.

     To earn the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, you need to complete all of the B.A. requirements, plus CSC 161, a Computer Science course at the 200-level or above of least 3.00 credit hours, and MTH 462.

     To earn the B.S. degree in Actuarial Science, you need to complete 51 credit hours in Mathematics, Accounting, Economics, and Finance, including

Required core courses:

MTH 141: Integrated Calculus II:  Calculus of Derivatives -or-

MTH 151:  Calculus I

MTH 152:  Calculus II

MTH 153:  Calculus III

MTH 254:  Calculus IV

MTH 300:  Linear Algebra

MTH 341:  Probability and Statistics I

MTH 342:  Probability and Statistics II

MTH 365:  Theory of Interest (same as FIN 365)

ACC 201:  Accounting Principles I/Financial

ACC 202:  Accounting Principles II/Managerial

ECN 250:  Microeconomic Principles

ECN 252:  Macroeconomic Principles

ECN 360:  Money and Banking

ECN 445:  Econometrics

FIN 350:  Corporate Finance

FIN 400:  Investments and Portfolio Management

FIN 425:  Financial Institutions

Required Support Courses:
CSC 161 plus an additional Computer Science course at the 200-level or above of least 3.00 credit hours.

Recommended Electives:
CSC 230, FIN 475, IFS 103, SPC 214, and SPC 230.

Other recommendations:  Actuarial Science majors are strongly recommended to pass at least one actuarial exam and one internship before graduation.

Areas of Emphasis

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Actuarial Science

David Schmitz
David Schmitz
Associate Professor of Mathematics

It’s not unusual to find David Schmitz on campus until 10:30 p.m. This award-winning associate professor of math devotes his time to teaching calculus, tutoring and then playing piano for Concert Choir and musical theatre rehearsals. “I love teaching but in the theatre, I can relax and have a different interaction with my students.” Marathon running, square dancing and city living round out his busy life. “Teaching at North Central has been very rewarding, despite some sleepless nights.”