Why Study Mathematics?
The world of problem solving is home to the mathematician, and today that world includes the sciences and business. The wonder of numbers and problem solving is an attraction to many students, but the ability to use computation to advance technology and to meet practical challenges is also common in the modern mathematical career. Mathematicians are valued in business and industry for their strong pattern recognition skills. A strength of our curriculum is the opportunity to work with peers and talented faculty on research projects that fit your interests in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and joint projects with peers and colleagues in engineering and science.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
The mathematics major at PNW is designed to meet the core recommendations of professional mathematics associations. It requires students to develop competencies in all the mathematical sciences : mathematics, statistics and computer science. This foundation allows students to tailor their upper level courses to prepare for their dream jobs or for graduate school. Students may work with faculty on research projects and participate in regional and national mathematics competitions. Office doors are open; students are welcome to drop in to chat as well as to get help when needed.
Professor Alain Togbe received his graduate degrees from Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada in Algebraic Number Theory. He is a well-established researcher with more than 100 published papers and frequently gives talks in many countries. Dr. Togbe has organized local and international conferences at PNW. Students always have an opportunity to attend and present their work at these conferences. He loves learning and sharing his knowledge with his students and colleagues.
- Data Scientist
- Financial Analyst
- Math Teacher
Christine (Vavrek) Chidichimo graduated from Purdue University Northwest (Calumet Campus) in 2002with a BS in Mathematics, Concentration in Secondary Teaching,. Christine graduated with distinction and was named the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Outstanding Senior. She has worked as a high school math teacher for 15 years, currently teaching at Griffith High School where she teaches Algebra 2 Honors, Pre-Calculus Honors, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. She also serves as head of the Math Department and coaches the Academic Math Bowl Team. Her experience at Purdue Northwest gave her the tools to become a highly effective teacher that engages her students in learning mathematics through higher level questions and collaborative group work. Christine’s students excelled with 100% pass rate in her AP Calculus BC class, helping Griffith High School earn the AP Honor Roll and be recognized as AP-TIP IN School of the year. Christine also teaches the Purdue Northwest Dual Credit Courses, which allows students to earn college credit in their College Algebra/Trig Class and Calculus Class.
Where do our alums work?
Mathematics alumni work in different parts of the country; many choose to stay in Northwest Indiana or the Chicago area. Mathematics is valued preparation for applicants to medical, dental, and law schools as well as sought after background for graduate programs in finance.
Some specific organizations are: National Security Agency, J.P. Morgan, Exxon-Mobil, Lake County Assessor’s Office, State of Indiana in Indianapolis, Mathnasium, Pinder Industries, Blue Island Fire District, USPS, private practice as lawyers, private practice as dentist, faculty and administrators in two year colleges in Illinois and in Indiana, and in many local high schools. Recent mathematics graduates are working toward Ph.D.s in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics at Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Purdue University West Lafayette and Kansas State University.
- Clark Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship in memory of a former Professor of Mathematics
- Thompson Endowed Scholarship is an endowed scholarship funded by a alumnus with degrees in mathematics. This scholarship supports upper level students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics upon graduation.
- The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor.
- Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
- Forbes Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship in memory of a former Professor of Mathematics. It may be awarded to either a mathematics major or a physics major.
- There are many other scholarships awarded by Purdue Northwest.
- MA 26400 – Differential Equations
- MA 26500 – Linear Algebra
- MA 37700 – Computational Mathematics I
- MA 37800 – Computational Mathematics II
- STAT 34500 – Statistics
- STAT 40001 – Statistical Computing
- STAT 43000 – Applied Statistics