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Applied Mathematics Major

Studying mathematics is great preparation for a wide variety of career options. You aren't just learning about numbers and equations. The technical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills you need as a math major can be applied to many different fields...from teaching to insurance to data analysis. You'll find the skills you acquire at Grand View will add up to an amazing career.

Why Grand View?

  • Personalized electives to help you find the best fit for your interests and future goals
  • Dedicated faculty with open door policies who are dedicated to your academic success
  • Strong preparation for prospective high school mathematics teachers
  • Faculty who have expertise in applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, mathematics education, statistics and computer science
Career Options

Whether you want to put your math skills to work right after graduating or start graduate school, you'll be ready. Our recent graduates are working in the following jobs:

  • Manager for insurance companies and banks
  • Actuary
  • K-12 teacher
  • Financial Systems Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Systems Developer
  • Investment Analyst
  • Chartered Accountant

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses 

  • Placement in MATH 231

Requirements for Major (45 Credits)

MATH 231 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I 5 credits
MATH 232 Calculus With Analytic Geometry II 5 credits
STAT 261 Applied Statistics 3 credits
MATH / PHIL 300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3 credits
MATH 327 Multivariable Calculus 4 credits
MATH 331 Linear Algebra 3 credits
MATH 310 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling 3 credits
MATH 450 Senior Seminar 3 credits
CPSC 155
Programming Using Visual Basic
Computer Science I
3 credits

Additional Credits (select 13 credits)

MATH 301 Modern Geometries 3 credits
MATH 322 Introduction to Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH 335 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 3 credits
MATH 350 Introduction to Real Analysis 4 credits
MATH 351 Introduction to Numerical Analysis 4 credits
STAT 361 Introduction to Probability Theory 4 credits
MATH 399 Internship 3 credits
MATH 430 Topics in Mathematics 1 - 3 credits
MATH 340 Discrete Computational Structures 3 credits
MATH / PHYS 250 Statics and Properties of Materials 3 credits

These courses will be counted in computing the 2.2 GPA required for this major.

A student seeking Iowa Teaching Endorsement #143 is required to take MATH 301, Modern Geometries, 3 credits, MATH 331, Linear Algebra, 3 credits or MATH 335, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, 3 credits, and MATH 340, Discrete Computational Structures, 3 credits.

A student in the Pre-Engineering program is required to take MATH 322, Introduction to Differential Equations, 3 credits, Math 351, Introduction to Numerical Analysis, 4 credits, and PHYS 250, Statics and Properties of Materials, 3 credits.

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Awards and Accomplishments


Eric Hart • Editor and contributing author for Teaching and Learning Discrete Mathematics in the School Curriculum Worldwide, Springer, 2017. Co-chair of a conference-within-a-conference on discrete mathematics at the quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13), Hamburg, Germany, July 2016. Co-author of Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics, and Core-Plus Mathematics: Contemporary Mathematics in Context.

Dr. Craig Erickson • Assistant professor of mathematics, co-authored the research paper, "Rainbow arithmetic progressions" in Journal of Combinatorics, published by International Press. Dr. Erickson also co-organized the mini-symposium "Combinatorial Matrix Theory" and gave an invited talk at the 20th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society, which took place in Leuven, Belgium, in July 2016.

Why Major in Applied Mathematics?

  • Forbes Magazine ranked Applied Mathematics as the 10th most valuable college major.
  • A degree in Applied Mathematics will open up a wide variety of opportunities to work in some of the highest paying careers such as computer science, engineering, actuary work, and much more.
  • Want to work for a government agency? Many government agencies particularly the National Security Agency (NSA) are known to hire a large number of mathematic graduates.

Make Your Mark

Mathematics is a field that many people shy away from, but there are some who had a passion for numbers and making discoveries regarding equations, measurements, and other numerical solutions in history. Use your mathematical abilities to make your mark on the world.

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