Are you looking for a useful, challenging, practical major? Would you like an active, supportive community of faculty mentors to guide you in your studies? If so, the Loras College mathematics major may be an excellent choice for you.


Tasty Tuesday evening help sessionWhy Become a Math Major?

  • A degree in mathematics prepares you to argue rigorously, think abstractly, and creatively problem-solve. Employers value these skills, giving math majors the edge in a wide variety of careers. Here are just a few of the possibilities. 
  • Mathematics, engineering, and computer science majors are the top three "Majors That Pay You Back" according to
  • Math majors score highest on graduate entrance exams. A study by the National Institute of Education found that on average, math majors scored higher than any other major on the LSAT and GMAT.


Why Major in Math at Loras?

  • Undergraduate ResearchStudents have the opportunity to work individually with a Loras professor to discover new mathematics. Recent projects include studying the symmetries of Sudokus, developing video game physics, modeling the H1N1 flu virus outbreak on campus, predicting baseball pennant winners, investigating the mathematics of origami, and using game theory to model college-recruiting strategies.
  • Conferences and Competitions: Students can travel to conferences to meet new people and share their discoveries. Our math majors regularly present their work at the Pi Mu Epsilon Regional Undergraduate Math Conference in the fall and the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium in the spring. Our students also compete in a variety of college-level regional and national math competitions, including the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition and the Iowa Mathematical Modeling Competition.
  • Bi-State Math Colloquium: Students hear of developments in the field by staying on campus, too. Loras College is co-host of the weekly Bi-State Math Colloquium with UW-Platteville. Speakers for the colloquium series include professors, graduate students, and undergrads from colleges and universities in the region presenting talks ranging from brand new research to the ancient history of math.
  • Math Club: Loras has an active Math Club which hosts a variety of events, including game nights, Sudoku contests, a Pi Day "Pie Your Professor" Contest, and a high school math competition.
  • Faculty Support: Math students at Loras receive lots of support. In addition to regular office hours, the math faculty hold Math Lab in the library 12 hours a week. Faculty also host evening help sessions both on- and off-campus for homework help and fellowship.
  • Mathematics AlumniClick here to see what some of our alumni have to say.


What Are the Requirements?Math of Games January Term

The math major is approximately 38 credits and can be tailored to prepare students for a variety of careers.
  • Students interested in pursuing advanced study in mathematics or related fields can choose courses that will prepare them for graduate school.
  • Students who wish to use mathematics in industry or want to supplement majors in fields such as engineering, computer science, economics, or chemistry, among others, can choose the courses that will aid them in other fields.
  • Students planning to teach high school mathematics can take those courses that are required for licensure to teach math, as well as other courses to prepare for teaching at the secondary level.

In addition to standard coursework, each major completes either a one-semester capstone class, in which students work in groups for a collaborative research experience, or a three-semester seminar sequence, in which students pursue individual undergraduate research projects with faculty advisors.


Major requirements and course descriptions


Who Can Tell You More?

Our Mathematics faculty are happy to help you in any way they can.


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