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Ripon College offers a major and a minor in mathematics. Some students focus the greater part of their intellectual energy in this area, while others combine mathematics with another field, such as business administration, chemistry, biology, physics or economics.
The program serves two kinds of students: those abstract thinkers who are drawn to mathematics’ structural beauty, and those who desire to use mathematics to solve real-world problems. Regularly scheduled courses, both theoretical and applied, are supplements with independent study options tailored to student’s individual interests.
Every senior student engages in a project that culminates in public talks, individual papers and often publication in Summation, Ripon College’s journal of mathematics and computer science scholarship. Among recent projects: Game Theory, Female Whale Population Model, Evolutionary Programming, Artificial Intelligence: Implementing 3D Tic-Tac-Toe in C++, APOS Theory as a Conceptualization for Understanding Mathematical Learning, and Jean Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory in Mathematics Education.
Graduates successfully pursue careers in fields such as industry, insurance (as actuaries), government and finance. Many graduates may attend professional schools in law, medicine or business. Others may go directly into teaching; and still others may go on to graduate programs in mathematics, applied mathematics, engineering, economics and computer science.
Requirements for a major in mathematics: MTH 206, 224, 248, 501-502, and at least 16 credits of mathematics courses numbered above 206 (excluding 401), at least eight of which are at the 400 level. Note that while MTH 201 and 202 are not a part of the major, MTH 202 is a prerequisite for several courses in the major, particularly MTH 206 and 224. Students intending to study mathematics in graduate school should consult with their advisors about appropriate additional courses.
Requirements for a minor in mathematics: Eighteen credits in mathematics courses numbered 201 or higher (excluding MTH 401), at least one of which is numbered 224 or higher. A coherent program of courses should be designed in consultation with the minor advisor
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
Recent graduates of our program work for:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Agnesian Health Care
- Capital One
- Creative Commons
- Direct Supply
- Epic Systems
- Farmers & Merchants Bank
- Graef Anhalt Schloemer & Associates
- Icarus Studios
- Kana Software
- Loos Machine & Automation
- Mercy College
- Midwest Manufacturing
- Oshkosh Corporation
- Signicast Corporation
Job titles of recent graduates include:
- Unix Systems administrator
- Math teacher
- Business analyst
- Data analyst
- Operator engineer
- Software engineer
- Structural engineer
- Problem manager analyst
- Loan specialist
- iPhone game developer
- Programmer analyst
- Tech consultant
- Business process developer
- Automation programmer
- Director of information technology
- IS programmer
- IT service management lead
Our mathematics students often study at the University of Wales in Swansea, on the Oak Ridge Science Semester in Tennessee and the Budapest Semester. These off-campus programs allow undergraduates to study and do research at the frontiers of current knowledge in mathematics and computer science.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.
Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.
The department’s monthly colloquium is open to all students. Programs include films and talks by speakers on a large range of topics, including applications of computer science and mathematics and careers in related areas.
Every senior student engages in a project that culminates in public talks, individual papers, and often publication in Summation, Ripon College’s journal of mathematics and computer science scholarship.
The department’s two computer laboratories feature current-generation computer systems and computational resources. Computer systems are connected to the campus computing facilities and the Internet by way of a DS3 connection. More computer systems are accessible in five laboratories at other campus locations. Software for symbolic computer algebra, statistical analysis, word processing, software development, spreadsheets, and a variety of other productivity and analysis tools are available on all computer systems in our laboratories.