Mathematics

Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor

Mathematics is about more than just numbers—it is the application of creative and critical thinking. You will acquire skills that employers actively seek out as you learn to apply your studies to a wide variety of situations.

Your faculty mentors will encourage you to put your mathematical knowledge into practice by participating in internships, carrying out independent projects, and participating in paid summer research programs across the nation.

The Curriculum

At Cal Lutheran we provide a broad and challenging program designed to develop fundamental skills and to prepare students for lifelong learning. The program features small classes with an emphasis on faculty-student interaction, classroom technology to facilitate learning, computer labs for student exploration and discovery, and a focus on interdisciplinary applications. Faculty mentors assist students in reaching their academic and career goals. Students are challenged to explore the many facets of mathematics and its applications through creative and critical thinking. Departmental space is set aside as a study and resource area for majors. Free tutoring for lower division courses is provided in the Math Lab.

The faculty encourage students to apply their mathematical knowledge by participating in internships, carrying out independent projects, and tutoring in the Math Lab. Students synthesize and extend their mathematical experiences in the senior capstone course. Other opportunities include participating in paid summer research programs across the nation, spending a semester studying mathematics abroad, preparing for and competing in national mathematics-related contests, and preparing posters and presentations for seminars and regional or national conferences.

Employers in the public and private sectors seek generalists with critical thinking skills who are capable of adapting to a wide variety of situations. Graduates in mathematics are prepared in this manner and can work in many career fields. These include computer science, engineering, actuarial science, education, business, finance and the natural sciences. Along with finding excellent employment opportunities, Cal Lutheran math majors have also been accepted for graduate studies at top universities throughout the United States.

Students who wish to register for a mathematics course must meet the necessary prerequisites, as stated in the Schedule of Classes and the Undergraduate Catalog. Students unsure of whether they meet the prerequisites should contact a mathematics faculty member. Courses numbered 400 and above are best taken after or concurrently with a 300-level course.

The Experience

The most important factor in helping students discover their purpose is experience. Without many experiences students aimlessly attempt to make themselves fit without passion. Providing students with a wide range of experiences, from social to academic, provides the opportunity for students to determine their passions which in turn leads to students discovering their purpose.

John Villalpando
Associate Professor

I started as a math major, but added physics as a second major at the end of my first year. I was able to manage both majors since the lower division requirements for each major were very similar. I've tried to take at least one upper division math class and one upper division physics class each semester since my sophomore year. Having a deeper understanding of math helped me a lot in upper division physics classes.

Su Ji Hong

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Your Future

Employers in the public and private sectors seek generalists with critical thinking skills who are capable of adapting to a wide variety of situations. Graduates in mathematics are prepared in this manner and can work in many career fields. These include computer science, engineering, actuarial science, education, business, finance and the natural sciences. Along with finding excellent employment opportunities, Cal Lutheran math majors have also been accepted for graduate studies at top universities throughout the United States.

Our alumni study at:

  • Sonoma State University
  • Lehigh University
  • Montana State University
  • Concordia University
  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Pomona
  • University of Washington
  • University of California, Santa Cruz

They work for:

  • 21st Century
  • CRG Marine Laboratories
  • Dreamworks Animation
  • LA Unified School District
  • Summit Wealth Management
  • Thousand Oaks High School
  • Aerospace Corporation
  • Teledyne Scientific Company

Career paths:

  • Quality Control Manager
  • BioTech Processing Assistant
  • Technical Director
  • Math Teacher
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Financial Representative
  • Aerospace Technical Staff
  • Research Scientist
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