• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
  • Facilities

Mathematics

Overview

The program serves two kinds of students: abstract thinkers who are drawn to mathematics’ structural beauty, and students who desire to use mathematics to solve real-world problems. Regularly scheduled courses, both theoretical and applied, are supplemented with independent study options tailored to students’ individual interests. Some students focus the greater part of their intellectual energy in mathematics alone, while others combine mathematics with another field, such as business administration, chemistry, biology, physics or economics. In fact, students have combined study in mathematics with every other major on campus.

Having a background in the mathematical sciences is highly valued in today’s workforce. Throughout the mathematical sciences curriculum, students will acquire technical skills, cultivate general problem-solving strategies, and develop the ability to communicate their solutions clearly, both in writing and in speech.


Program Spotlight

Faculty

Andrea Young

Andrea N. Young

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Special Assistant to the President and Liaison to the Board of Trustees

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David W. Scott

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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McKenzie Lamb

McKenzie Lamb

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

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Requirements

Requirements for a major in Mathematics: MTH 206, 224, 305, 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

Advising

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.

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Career Tracks

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 or go on to graduate programs in mathematics, applied mathematics, engineering, economics and computer science.

Recent graduates hold job titles of Unix Systems administrator, math teacher, business analyst, data analyst, operator engineer, structural engineer, problem manager analyst, loan specialist, tech consultant, business process developer, director of information technology, and IT service management lead.

Off-Campus Study

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.

Unique Opportunities

  • Students at all levels can collaborate with faculty on independent research projects. Recent projects include analyses of the board games Monopoly and Chutes and Ladders, modeling the carp population in Green Lake, and using computer models to test for gerrymandering.Results from these collaborations have been published in professional journals. Students also have  presented papers and posters at local and national conferences.
  • Active learning techniques are emphasized. Rather than simply presenting insights, interactive, collaborative class experiences are created to help students generate their own understanding of the material.
  • In addition to traditional mathematics, the curriculum incorporates elements of computer programming, both as a means to explore abstract concepts via computational examples and as a tool to bridge the gap between theory and real-world applications.
  • Student groups include Ripon College Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honors Society.

Facilities

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.