At A Glance

Mathematics at Carthage is very active and visible, thanks to a dedicated faculty and outstanding students. Students benefit from small classes, close relationships with their professors, and ample undergraduate research opportunities.

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Career-focused Curriculum

All mathematics courses at Carthage help students to acquire methods of logical reasoning and deduction, and to develop problem-solving skills for a wide variety of applications. Students choose the courses that best fit their future goals, whether they plan to attend graduate school; teach math in elementary or high school; or enter a career using problem-solving and analytical skills. Carthage also offers coursework in actuarial science, data science, and two engineering dual-degree programs.

Focus on Students

The Mathematics Department at Carthage offers students an outstanding faculty committed to teaching. Faculty emphasize communication skills so graduates succeed in many types of careers. The department also offers multiple sections of upper-level courses every year to better serve students.

  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,34,374,409/397_Sandra_Masibayi_21.rev.1638389814.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,34,374,409/397_Sandra_Masibayi_21.rev.1638389814.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,34,374,409/397_Sandra_Masibayi_21.rev.1638389814.png 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,34,374,409/397_Sandra_Masibayi_21.rev.1638389814.png" alt="" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,34,374,409/397_Sandra_Masibayi_21.rev.1638389814.png 2x" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="375" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I can’t explain how grateful I am to Carthage faculty, staff, non-teaching staff, my advisors, and my peers for the impact they have made in my life while at Carthage. I am glad I had a strong support system around me. Their support encouraged me to keep reaching higher and higher.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/512-">Sandra Masibayi</a> ’21</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/36,5,343,312/431_Alexandria_Wheeler_21.rev.1638389814.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/36,5,343,312/431_Alexandria_Wheeler_21.rev.1638389814.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/36,5,343,312/431_Alexandria_Wheeler_21.rev.1638389814.jpg" alt="" width="183" height="183" data-max-w="307" data-max-h="307" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I think other students should consider mathematics because it’s fun! It also has many practical uses, such as in physics, engineering, and actuarial science.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/357-alexandria-wheeler">Alexandria Wheeler</a> ’21</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
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  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.jpg" alt="Andrew Dorst ?21" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,961,962/556_Andrew_Dorst.rev.1638389810.jpg 3x" data-max-w="961" data-max-h="962" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I feel like the professors do a great job of not only teaching the fundamentals, but explaining the background of the material and how it applies to the real world. I know it has ignited a greater passion and interest in the material for me.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/416-andrew-dorst">Andrew Dorst</a> ’21</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.png 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.png" alt="" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/43/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,833,834/562_Ashley_Gorman.rev.1638389821.png 3x" data-max-w="833" data-max-h="834" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “Everyone has been kind, accommodating, and willing to offer advice. I’m thankful for the connections I’ve made at Carthage.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/515-">Ashley Gorman</a> ’22</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
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Future Success

Carthage mathematics graduates have had tremendous success in a variety of activities. The department graduates around 20 mathematics majors each year. Recent graduates have attended graduate school at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Western Michigan University, Southern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Vanderbilt, University of Kentucky, University of Waterloo, North Carolina State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Graduates placed in industry have landed jobs at such companies as Accenture, IBM, Ruud Lighting, and Runzheimer International, as well as teaching positions at many high school and middle schools.

Community of Learners

At Carthage, students who major in mathematics not only receive an exceptional education; they become part of a family of learners. Organizations like the Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon host mathematics-related activities on campus, from lectures to social gatherings.

Active Undergraduate Research Program

Carthage mathematics students have many opportunities to work closely with faculty on significant and varied research projects, and often present their research findings at regional and national conferences. For example, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, or SURE, pairs student with faculty mentors. Students receive a stipend and room and board to conduct research with their mentor all summer.