Mathematics Program Features

The mathematics major prepares students to launch careers in areas like teaching, accounting, actuarial science, and statistics.

Job Possibilities
Mount Mercy graduates have worked for companies like Transamerica and Rockwell Collins using their mathematics major as the backbone of their career paths. Some alumni share their talents with the armed forces, while others are insurance professionals or work with computer technology. Mathematics majors often advance to graduate schools including University of Iowa, Iowa State or Colorado State University.

Internships
Internships help students gain hand-on experience outside of classroom instruction. Internship opportunities offer a chance to explore different professions and find the ones that best meet after-graduation goals. Past internship opportunities have included working at companies like Humana, Transamerica, and Rockwell Collins.

Community Involvement
Mount Mercy offers students the opportunity to be involved with eastern Iowa community activities, such as helping to organize the Mount Mercy High School Mathematics Competition, participating in STEM summer programs and STEM campus events, tutoring students from Cedar Rapids schools and help the local Mathnasium.

Research
Students have the opportunity to engage in research projects alongside math faculty. Past research has included studying Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem, model for electronic and printed textbook sales, Markov chains, Leontief models, hyperbolic and elliptic geometry, new math software, and complex matrix theory.

Conferences
Students often attend and present at several regional and national math conferences such as Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, joint MAA-AMS national meetings, regional MAA meetings, MAA Math Fest and Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Research Symposium. Students also participate in summer REU programs and serve as mentors in our summer STEM programs, which are funded by highly selective and competitive grants such as MAA Tensor Grant for Women in Mathematics.

Student Club
Students with a passion for mathematical thought enjoy Mount Mercy’s Mathematics Club. Club activities include competing at regional math contests (IMMC Iowa Math Modeling Competition), inviting guest speakers to campus, organizing Pi Day celebration, helping with the MMU High School Math Contest, hosting math clubs from other universities and promoting mathematics in the community.