North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose mathematics at North Central College?

You’ll receive all the help, advice and personal attention you need, thanks to our accessible professors and small classes. North Central’s math faculty members are committed to involving you in their research projects, so you’ll also get valuable firsthand experiences. Our pure mathematics major is renowned for preparing high school and middle school math teachers and for maintaining an extensive network of school contacts that can lead to valuable field experiences, residency opportunities and career placements. Other math majors go on to graduate school to prepare for a career in higher education, teaching and research.

You can also:

  • Collaborate with your professors on research projects that explore topics like knot theory or mathematical modeling of disease transmission.
  • Attend local, regional and national academic conferences.
  • Participate in campus activities like Math Club and the Pi Day Celebration with alumni.
  • Enroll in a problem-solving seminar that prepares you for competitions like the Putnam Exam.
  • Obtain extra help from a peer tutor—or become one yourself.
  • Join the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.

To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as a mathematics major, click here.


A math professor, musician and runner, Dr. David Schmitz recently completed his goal of running a marathon in every state.
Neil Nicholson, North Central College assistant professor of mathematics, and Rebecca Rachan ’16 published an article in Involve: A Journal of Mathematics.
Eight faculty and administrative staff were recognized this spring with awards for outstanding teaching, leadership, scholarship and administrative service.



  • Intern, Reinhart & Associates, Naperville
  • Mathematics in business intern, All Information Services, Countryside, IL
  • Program intern, Navistar Inc., Downers Grove, IL
  • Software tester, BondWave LLC, Wheaton, IL
  • Billing management intern, AMC Accounting Solutions, Naperville

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in mathematics have been accepted at:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Purdue University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Texas-Arlington
  • University of Iowa
  • Purdue University


Math majors frequently find teaching positions in districts within a 30-mile radius of North Central, like:

  • Aurora school districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202

Recent graduates in mathematics also include:

  • Algorithm analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Computer scientist
  • Financial consultant
  • Commercial loan officer
Mathematics and Actuarial Science double major

Maria discovered North Central College while searching online for actuarial science programs. But once she started classes, she found a new passion in pure mathematics. “As I took more math-based classes, I realized I liked them more than actuarial science and added a major in math.”

She quickly delved into opportunities in mathematics. In the summer following her sophomore year, she collaborated with a mathematics professor in research that used mathematical models to investigate the behavior of the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.

Her junior year, she was honored as a Goldwater Scholar, the highest national undergraduate award for achievement in mathematics, science and engineering....

Mathematics major

Maggie has a simple way to describe her experience as a math major at North Central.

“You feel like you’ve hit the jackpot,” she says. “The professors are phenomenal. They’re knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely care about the well-being and success of their students. They’ve inspired me to continue learning, growing and moving forward.”

Maggie has accepted a teaching assistant position at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. Her goal is to teach at a small liberal arts institution.

“I served as the math department’s student secretary for three years, so I was able to observe our professors teaching, grading and holding office hours,”...

Mathematics major

Soon after attending her first math class at North Central College, Rebecca switched her major from biology/pre-medicine to mathematics and hasn’t looked back.

Rebecca has travelled to different parts of the country for research and conference opportunities. “Thanks to North Central’s travel allowance, I was fortunate to attend several conferences to present my research,” she says.

Rebecca appreciates the guidance of her mathematics professors in seizing these opportunities. Their help in the application process and willingness to give recommendations provided welcome support. Rebecca’s academic commitment is clear: She was awarded a 2014 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention—a national award given...

Mathematics major

As an aspiring educator, Sarah Bikulcius finds that North Central is preparing her well to become a mathematics teacher at a high school or middle school.

“At North Central, you make connections,” she says. “The professors here know people and are really good at networking. My advisor knows everyone, which gets my name out there.”

Sarah gained experience student teaching at nearby Waubonsie Valley High School, where she met North Central alumni working as teachers. Sarah says her North Central education sharpened all her skills—not just mathematics and education, but communications as well.

“I’ve learned English is important because as a teacher I will have to write a lot of things, like...

Mathematics major

Christina found that studying in Moscow for a semester presented some interesting challenges—both inside and outside the classroom. Her 15 weeks at the prestigious Mathematics in Moscow program at the Independent University of Moscow tested her abilities. The graduate-level courses were taught in English, but covered some tough lessons. “It was very difficult but worth it because they pushed us to a new level.”

As a Lederman Scholar, Christina enrolled at North Central during her years at Neuqua Valley High School for additional math classes and to accumulate college credits. Once on campus, she worked closely with professors...