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Departmental Goals

The primary goals of the Mathematics Department are to provide students with a sound understanding of basic mathematical concepts, principles, and processes, and to develop within students attitudes and skills needed for lifelong learning. Students will learn to pose and solve problems, communicate mathematics effectively, and use technology for solving problems.

Math Programs at Viterbo

We offer degrees in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, and Mathematics Education (to prepare students to teach at the high school level).  We also offer minors in Mathematics, and Mathematics Education (to prepare students to teach mathematics at the K-8 level).  For more information about the programs, see the program requirements page.

Why Major in Mathematics?

Mathematics is a foundational discipline for quantitative and logical thinking, and for problem-solving skills used by virtually everyone.  A person who likes thinking about how things work, who likes to solve knotty problems, who can appreciate the satisfaction of a well-crafted argument, might want to consider a major in Mathematics.  Mathematics majors are highly prized by a vast variety of employers for their logical thinking skills, and their willingness to be challenged.  Mathematics graduates enjoy highly fulfilling careers.  A 2009 study showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. A 2011 article on CareerCast shows that many of the top-rated jobs involve mathematics.

Why Viterbo?

Viterbo University is proud of its liberal arts approach to education. A Mathematics major at Viterbo will have ample opportunity to explore the arts, literature, history, science, and other subjects she or he might find of interest. Our students graduate as well-rounded persons who have focused on Mathematics but who have not been limited in their studies.

At Viterbo, students may expect to find:

  • the classes are small, especially upper division classes.
  • the faculty are dedicated to teaching, and are available for help.
  • it is surprisingly easy to earn a minor, and even a second major, for students who are not on the education route.
  • opportunities to participate in math competitions and summer research, and to share results with students and faculty in campus-wide research events.
  • tutoring and study groups readily available to help.


Sheldon Lee, Ph.D., shlee@viterbo.edu
Becca Thacker, admission counselor, rrthacker@viterbo.edu