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Mathematics and Integrated Mathematics Majors
  • The mathematics program at Capital is designed to complement the university's strong liberal arts tradition while providing a solid foundation in both classic and contemporary mathematical topics.  The department offers a traditional mathematics major as well as the integrated mathematics major, which is taken by students wishing to teach high school mathematics.


    First year majors typically begin their studies with a two-course sequence in calculus and a course in introduction to mathematical proofs. Required courses at the intermediate level include linear algebra, abstract algebra, mathematical statistics, differential equations and a third course in calculus.  Integrated mathematics majors also complete courses in college geometry and the history of mathematics. Many students take electives in areas such as numerical analysis, combinatorics, or real analysis.

    During their junior and senior years, students participate in a departmental seminar that features students' research and presentations. To emphasize the applicability of mathematics and its relation to other disciplines, majors also complete certain supporting courses in the sciences and in computing.

    Course requirements for mathematics major

    Course requirements for integrated mathematics major 

    Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics 


    Mathematics faculty members at Capital are committed to the university's mission to provide personalized quality education. This commitment is especially reflected in professors' willingness to provide individual assistance outside the classroom. Faculty members also are knowledgeable about the appropriate use of computing technology to enhance student learning in mathematics. Computing resources such as graphing calculators and symbolic computational software play an integral role in many mathematics courses.

    Careers and Placement: The university's location in the state's capital allows mathematics majors to take advantage of the city's business and technological opportunities through internships and part-time employment. Students also serve as paid tutors and laboratory supervisors on campus.

    Graduates of Capital's mathematics program have been very successful, whether they have attended graduate school or entered the work force. Many have gone on to complete graduate degrees in mathematics or related disciplines such as computer science and meteorology.

    Numerous careers require the ability to solve problems, and a mathematics major helps develop that ability. Capital mathematics graduates have been successful in a variety of careers, including teaching, systems analysis, actuarial science, research and development, and quality control. Several have attained high-level management positions in their firms.