Augustana College - Rock Island, IL

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Augustana College offers a major and minor in mathematics, as well as a major for teaching mathematics. The six full-time faculty all hold the PhD, and the chair of the department holds the endowed Earl H. Beling Chair in Mathematics. Through the Beling Scholar program, students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a math professor on topical independent study projects of their choice. Student coursework is personalized and based on individual progress in math. Classes begin with solving well-formulated problems, then work toward building a collection of examples and techniques and then advance to problems, models, structures and abstractions. A two-course probability and statistics sequence covers all material found on the first actuarial exam. AugustanaÕs liberal arts curriculum provides a well-rounded education, developing studentsÕ analytical reasoning and written and oral communication skills. Students majoring in math often choose to enhance their major with a second major in a related field such as computer science, chemistry or physics, or even a field such as music. Outside the classroom Students can take advantage of competitive, funded opportunities to work with a professor on mathematical research during the summer. Recently, an Augustana math and biochemistry major won national recognition from the Council on Undergraduate Research for her work. Each year, math students join faculty traveling to professional meetings, including the Illinois section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and MathFest, the annual summer meeting of MAA. Augustana has had a thriving chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, since 1979. The college also has a mathematics and computer science club, which encourages discussion among students and faculty and brings in outside speakers. In all, the college offers more than 150 various extracurricular organizations and student interest clubs. Future goals Augustana graduates in math pursue a variety of careers including statistics, operations research, actuarial, physical, biological, social and management sciences, and teaching. Secondary education majors complete their Augustana education in four years, and 100 percent find high school teaching jobs after graduating. AugustanaÕs math graduates enroll in prestigious graduate programs such as the University of Illinois, University of Oregon, University of Iowa and Notre Dame.

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