So you’re interested in mathematics?
You’ve come to the right place. 

Math is the foundation for some of the most rapidly growing professions in today’s society. Whether it’s computing, actuarial science, education, research or industrial mathematics – the opportunities are infinite.

Here at the University of Northern Iowa, you’ll learn from supportive professors who are dedicated to your success, while benefiting from opportunities to get involved outside the classroom through research, student organizations and internships.

Throughout your time here, we’ll make sure you have the support you need to succeed in every aspect of your education, and beyond.

Careers in Math

Mathematics has applications in almost every professional field, with many students pursuing careers in computer software, business and finance. Others follow their passion to become a mathematics teacher, passing on valuable knowledge to young students, or decide to explore theoretical concepts through a master’s or doctoral program.

Below are some common career areas for our undergraduate students.

  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Planner
  • Workforce Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Consultant
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Math Education Lab

The Mathematics Education Lab is a resource that is available to students funded by the Department of Mathematics. The purpose of the Mathematics Education Lab is to provide resources for undergraduates, graduates, area teachers, and the Mathematics Department Faculty.

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.

Wright Hall

Free Tutoring

Free tutoring is available to mathematics majors on a drop in basis in the Mathematics Tutoring Lab, located in Wright Hall room 338. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can also get involved by signing up to be a tutor!

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Mathematics Education Lab - Materials

The Mathematics Education Lab in Wright Hall, room 209, is a resource that is available to students funded by the Department of Mathematics. Materials in the Math Ed Lab reflect a contemporary approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Some of the materials include:

  • Manipulatives
  • K-12 Textbooks
  • NCTM publications
  • Professional journals
  • Children's Books containing mathematics related themes
  • Teacher resources
  • Laser disks, CDs and videotapes
  • Software, calculators, and computers

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Talented UNI mathletes have the chance to participate in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition – held annually on the first Saturday in December.

This prestigious competition is open to U.S. and Canadian undergraduates, and offers cash prizes of up to $25,000 for the first place team and $2,500 for the top five individuals. Additionally, our department offers up to $100 for performance on intercollegiate math exams.

Contact Dr. Theron Hitchman & Dr. Douglas Mupasiri by October 1 to enroll in this year's competition.

Software Resources

There are a number of specialized software programs our department has available for students, including:

  • Tableau Desktop - CB
  • AutoCAD
  • DevC++
  • Fathom
  • GeoGebra
  • Geometers Sketchpad
  • Green Globs
  • Juypter Notebooks
  • Lindo
  • Lingo
  • KMeans
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • MathType
  • Visual Studio
  • MiKTeX
  • MinGW
  • MKL for for Windows
  • Probability Explorer
  • PuTTY
  • Python2
  • Python Package: Pandas, Numpy, matplotlib, pylab, Seaborn, Scipy.sparse
  • R for Windows
  • R Open
  • RStudio
  • SAS
  • SigmaPlot
  • SPlus
  • SPSS
  • Tableau Public
  • TexMaker
  • TexStudio
  • TI Connect
  • TI Nspire
  • Tinkerplots
  • Visual Studio Code
  • XaoS
  • Xming