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Insight into the nature of mathematics

Develop the powers of clear and logical thinking, accuracy, and flexibility in problem solving.

Students in Mount Mercy’s mathematics program are fully integrated into an environment that supports a variety of research and learning opportunities.

Our faculty have mentored students in both pure and applied mathematics projects, such as growth models in conservation biology, applying statistics to the prediction of Iowa high school baseball brackets, regression analyses of local housing markets, and computations in low dimensional topology (knot theory).

While earning your degree, you’ll work closely with your professors and fellow students to develop vital teamwork skills. You’ll also learn to think logically, work accurately, and clearly express mathematical ideas while putting problem-solving skills into action.

Wyatt O'Connor Mathematics major

Since math isn’t most people’s cup of tea, it can be difficult for students, but every day I get to see the students learn. I love seeing it ‘click’ when they really get something.


A flexible curriculum lets you pursue the path that best matches your career goals.

Mathematics majors build skills that prepare them, for example, to: understand topics in pure and applied mathematics; perform rigorous mathematical proofs; apply mathematics and technology to solve problems in related fields such as science or business; and express mathematical ideas in standard English to a general audience.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in mathematics

Our graduates are in demand by many local employers.

A mathematics degree can lead to careers in medicine, finance, engineering, computer science, analysis, statistics, teaching, law and more.

Students who seek careers as secondary education teachers complete a double major in math and in secondary education. Other common programs to double major with include actuarial science or computer science. And for non-math majors seeking to enhance their mathematical foundations, Mount Mercy also offers a math minor.

Our 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.

Math majors can also advance to graduate schools including University of Iowa, Iowa State, or Colorado State University.

Graduates from Mount Mercy are now working in:

  • The Armed Forces 
  • Computer Programming 
  • Computer Networking 
  • Insurance 
  • College and High School Teaching