Mathematics

Department of Mathematical, Information and Computer Sciences

Do you like puzzles and finding order in chaos? Are you logical, creative, and adept at problem solving? Then choose to study mathematics at PLNU!

Overview

Mathematics is the search for patterns in things that do not appear to be similar. Math gives results that are both beautiful and incredibly useful. From solving diverse and complex equations to utilizing technology to decipher coded systems, you'll learn both theoretical and computational mathematics, so you can utilize the power of mathematics in a wide variety of circumstances and careers.

The Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences offers both a major and a minor in mathematics. There are multiple tracks available in the program including ones to prepare students for graduate school, careers in industry, or teaching. Faculty members work closely with students to help them achieve their goals. Our accomplished faculty also conducts research with current students. Recent topics have included Newton’s understanding of calculus, the connection between mathematics and music, geographic information systems, data mining, the four color theorem, the development of perspective in art, random number generation, and the optimization of schedules. These types of research opportunities provide experience with modern technology and current real-world applications.
 
Special Features

  • Research opportunities
  • Hands-on experience with hardware and software
  • Community service opportunities
  • Personal attention
  • Innovative learning environment
  • Honor projects

Career Opportunities

  • Actuarial science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cryptography
  • Data analysis
  • Data mining
  • Economics
  • Decision science
  • Financial planning
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Computer programming

Student Perspectives
“The major is fun and the colleagues are unbeatable.”

“The best part about being a math major is knowing your professors can have fun too!”

“The department of mathematics is worth being a part of because the professors care about you and go to great lengths to see you succeed.”

“The best thing about the math department is the one-to-one attention you get from the small, close-knit faculty.”