### Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics

Dubuque, USA

DURATION

4 Years

LANGUAGES

English

PACE

Full time

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Request application deadline

EARLIEST START DATE

Aug 2024

TUITION FEES

USD 33,500 / per year *

STUDY FORMAT

On-Campus

* annual full-time rate

### Introduction

**Are you looking for a useful, challenging, and practical major? Would you like an active, supportive community of faculty mentors to guide you in your studies? The Mathematics program at Loras prepares students to argue rigorously, think abstractly, and problem-solve creatively. These skills provide an edge in a wide variety of careers, as well as on graduate entrance exams.**

**Student Experience**

A study by the National Institute of Education found that on average, math majors scored higher than any other major on the LSAT and GMAT. If you’d like one of the top three “Majors That Pay You Back,” according to PayScale.com, Mathematics may be an excellent choice for you.

**Loras College Math Club**

Loras has an active Math Club which hosts a variety of events, including game nights, Sudoku contests, a Pi Day “Pie Your Professor” contest, and a high school math competition.

The Loras Math Club meets monthly and hosts several events throughout the year, including Sudoku contests, board game nights, Family Feud-style game shows, and the infamous “Pie Your Professor” contest on Pi Day. For the past several years, the club has helped sponsor student trips to undergraduate research conferences, traveling to Pi Mu Epsilon at St. Norbert College in the fall and the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium at Simpson College in the spring.

The club also helps promote the Bi-State Math Colloquium, a series of informative talks by faculty, graduate students, and undergrads from colleges and universities in Iowa and Wisconsin. In addition, math club members participate in a variety of math contests, including the Iowa Collegiate Math Contest, the Mathematical Competition in Modeling, the Iowa Mathematical Modeling Contest, and the Putnam Exam.

Math Club also enjoys coming together with faculty members in the department to socialize and serve. Students in all math classes are invited to Tasty Tuesdays, a weekly evening of snacks, socializing, and math homework help from professors. The club encourages alumni to return annually by reserving a spot at the Homecoming Tailgate. The club also participates in a variety of service projects. Last year, they helped run a Great Plains Math League high school math tournament at Loras.

**Why Math at Loras College?**

Conferences and Competitions, Bi-State Math Colloquium, Math Club, Faculty Support

**Conferences and Competitions**: Students can travel to conferences to meet new people and share their discoveries. Our math majors regularly present their work at the Pi Mu Epsilon Regional Undergraduate Math Conference in the fall and the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium in the spring. Our students also compete in a variety of college-level regional and national math competitions, including the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition and the Iowa Mathematical Modeling Competition.**Bi-State Math Colloquium**: Students hear of developments in the field by staying on campus, too. Loras College is co-host of the weekly Bi-State Math Colloquium with UW-Platteville. Speakers for the colloquium series include professors, graduate students, and undergrads from colleges and universities in the region presenting talks ranging from brand-new research to the ancient history of math.**Math Club**: Loras has an active Math Club, which hosts a variety of events including game nights, Sudoku contests, a Pi Day “Pie Your Professor” Contest, and a high school math competition.**Faculty Support**: Math students at Loras receive lots of support. In addition to regular office hours, the math faculty holds Math Lab in the library 12 hours a week. The faculty also hosts evening help sessions both on- and off-campus for homework and fellowship help.

### Curriculum

### Loras College Mathematics Degree

Students interested in pursuing advanced study in mathematics or related fields can choose courses that will prepare them for graduate school.

Students who wish to use mathematics in industry or want to supplement majors in fields such as engineering, computer science, economics, or chemistry can choose the courses that will aid them in other fields.

Students planning to teach high school mathematics can take those courses that are required for licensure to teach math, as well as other courses to prepare for teaching at the secondary level.

In addition to standard coursework, each major completes either a one-semester capstone class, in which students work in groups for a collaborative research experience, or a three-semester seminar sequence, in which students pursue individual undergraduate research projects with faculty advisors.

### Program Outcome

### Student Learning Outcomes – Mathematics

- Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral mathematical communication
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in written mathematical communication
- Students will engage in the mathematical processes of creative problem solving, pattern recognition, and conjecture forming
- Students will reflect on their process of productive struggle in mathematics
- Students will produce and evaluate the quality of mathematical arguments
- Students will apply analytical and procedural skills in a variety of contexts
- Students will synthesize various mathematical strategies to tackle authentic problems in novel settings

### Career Opportunities

**“What can you do with a Mathematics degree?”**

As a Mathematics major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers:

- Math Teacher
- Biologist
- Software Engineer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Business
- Accountant
- Economist
- Computer Programmer
- Meteorologist