Do you love exploring numbers, shapes, probabilities, and ideas? Consider a mathematics major.
Mathematics is essential to scientific endeavors, and is the foundation for some of the most dynamic and rapidly growing professions. As a mathematics major at UNI, you’ll take coursework in calculus, matrices and linear equations, advanced calculus, abstract algebra, linear algebra, computer programming, and statistics.
By fostering in-demand skills such as analytical thinking and problem solving, a major in mathematics opens the door to a wide variety of careers in government and business, teaching, graduate study, and more.
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Department of Mathematics College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506
The Mathematics Education Lab, Wright Hall room 209, is a resource that is available to students. Assistants are available to help elementary majors with coursework in mathematics education as well as to help individual find materials. Tables are available in the lab for individual or small group study.
The Mathematics Education Lab is open from 9 a.m. to 4-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 1 p.m. on Fridays.
Talented UNI mathletes participate in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition on the first Saturday in December of every year. This prestigious competition offers cash prizes of up to $25,000 for the first place team and $2,500 for the top five individuals.
Common Career Areas
Mathematics for Biological Sciences: Proportional reasoning, linear functions and linear regression, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions with scientific applications.
Dynamical Systems: Chaos Theory and Fractals: Historical background, including examples of dynamical systems; orbits, fixed points, and periodic points; one-dimensional and two-dimensional chaos; fractals: Julia sets, the Mandelbrot set, and fractal dimension; computer programs and dynamical systems.
Euclidean Geometry: Topics of plane geometry beyond a first course; compass and straightedge constructions, the nine-point circle, Ceva's and Menelaus' theorems, triangle centers, conics, and tessellations.
Through unique undergraduate research experiences, students in the Department of Mathematics have the chance to take their learning beyond the classroom – solving real-world problems. Working side-by-side with professors, you’ll build your resume, develop practical skills that set you apart from the crowd, and have the chance to publish your work for the world to see. There are paid research opportunities, along with research-for-credit opportunities.