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:

Calculus:  MTH 141 or 151, MTH 152, MTH 153, and MTH 254
Mathematical Proofs:  MTH 280
Algebra:  MTH 300 and MTH 421
Real Analysis:  MTH 461
Seminar:  MTH 490
Problem Solving: MTH 375 (at least 1 credit hour)

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:

Calculus: MTH 141 or 151, MTH 152, MTH 153, and MTH 254
Mathematical Proofs: MTH 280
Algebra: MTH 300 and MTH 421
Complex Variables: MTH 323
Real Analysis: MTH 461
Seminar: MTH 490
Problem Solving: MTH 375 (at least 2 credit hours)

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 18 credit hours in
mathematics, with at least 9 credit hours numbered 200 or higher, including MTH 256,
and no more than 3 credit hours numbered below MTH 141. ECN 440 or ECN 445
may be included in the 18 credit hours required for the minor.


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

1. MTH 141 or 151, MTH 152, MTH 153, MTH 254, MTH 280, MTH 300, MTH 315, MTH 341, MTH 342, MTH/PHY 355 and MTH 461;
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

MTH 141 or 151, MTH 152, MTH 153, MTH 254, MTH 300, MTH 341, MTH 342, ACC 201, ACC 202, ECN 250, ECN 252, ECN 360, ECN 445,
FIN 350, FIN 400, FIN 425 and MTH/FIN 365.

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.

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.”