Mathematics

Mathematics at Carroll College

The Program

Studying mathematics at Carroll is a learning experience of the highest caliber. Small class sizes and program flexibility allow you to tailor your degree plan to your specific interests. We are passionate about the work we do; we will get to know you as freshmen and will work with you through your senior year to achieve your individual goals.

You will build your communication skills by presenting your course assignments individually and in teams, both in writing and through oral presentations. You can practice what you learn in the classroom by participating in competitions like the Montana Mathematical Modeling Contest (MMMC), and the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and its sister contest, the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM).  These fun and intense competitions provide great opportunities for you to test your knowledge and ability to solve real world problems. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Our students will be able to use mathematics to model and solve real-world problems.
  2. Our students will be able to demonstrate the ability to: create and use functions to model applied problems, apply calculus in a wide variety of contexts, create mathematical models using difference and differential equations, formulate and solve linear systems, develop and analyze probabilistic models in applied settings, use the methods of statistics to analyze data from real contexts, use the tools of discrete mathematics, and create and analyze mathematical proofs.
  3. Our students will be able to communicate their mathematical work in a clear and effective manner.
  4. Our students will be able demonstrate the ability to solve mathematical and statistical problems using appropriate technology.

Professional Educational Objectives

The four professional educational objectives of this department are to produce graduates who have:

  1. The specialized knowledge and skills necessary for initiation into their chosen profession
  2. A broad range of skills necessary for effective communication,
  3. An appreciation for the interrelationships among the branches of knowledge,
  4. The ethical, social, and aesthetic perspectives necessary for values-based judgment and decision-making.

Why Mathematics at Carroll?

At Carroll, our Mathematics major focuses on the skills you need to succeed at the next level.

In order to develop expertise in an area of applied mathematics, Carroll math majors take courses to complete a cognate concentration in a field of interest. You can select from biology, business and economics, chemistry, computer science, data science, engineering, environmental science, operations research, secondary education, or work with your advisor to develop a plan unique to your interests.

The Carroll math program has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to support its unique teaching approach, and has recently been awarded a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to revise its statistics curriculum. 

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The Possibilities 

Upon graduation, our students are able to obtain employment or admission to a graduate program in a mathematics-related field.  Graduates from Carroll's mathematics program make an immediate impact in a variety of careers. Our alumni are working as actuaries, computer programmers, engineers, hospital administrators, and secondary teachers -- to name a few.

For those choosing to continue their education, the choices are just as varied. Recent graduate school opportunities for our mathematics majors include:

  • Applied mathematics (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Business Data Analystics (William and Mary College)
  • Mathematical Biology (University of Utah)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Montana State University)
  • Computational Modern Algebra (Colorado State University)
  • Applied mathematics (University of Colorado)
  • Computer science (Arizona State University)
  • Dental school (Case-Western Reserve University)
  • Hospital management (University of Washington)
  • Industrial engineering (University of Washington)
  • Law school (Gonzaga University)
  • Mathematics (University of Iowa)
  • Water Resources (University of Colorado)