Mathematics and Statistics


Whether your goal is to analyze statistics, teach math to young minds at the middle or high school level, or delve into the burgeoning field of data science, St. Ambrose has an outstanding Mathematics program that can help you succeed.

Our graduates work at private and public middle and high schools, financial institutions, the Rock Island Arsenal, and many more.


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Mathematics and Statistics Fact Sheet


More Information on the Math Program

What will I learn?

Courses include Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Logic & Proof, Modern Probability & Statistics, and Ordinary Differential Equations. In our Topics and Mathematical Computing courses, you work one-on-one with faculty on research and analysis projects.

Do you want to stand out to employers or in graduate school admissions? If so, intern. The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of available summer research experiences for undergraduate mathematics majors. The American Statistical Association maintains a list of available internships in statistics. In addition, your professors and the SAU Career Center will help you find an opportunity that fits your goals.

If you want to further specialize your skills, we recommend a dual major. We have programs in finance, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and others that will open up even more post-graduate opportunities.

Students who combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates find immediate employment as secondary math teachers.

What are some potential career outcomes?

A Mathematics major gives you immediate options for jobs in actuarial science, business analytics, and data science. Other career fields include biostatistics/biomathematics, business intelligence, mathematician, operations research, and statistician/data analyst.

If you combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement, you can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates are immediately hired as secondary math teachers.

Many of our students advance to graduate programs in Measurement & Statistics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. Two graduates went on to earn PhDs and now teach in our department.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a graduate degree can lead to substantial financial success. In 2016, the median salary for a mathematician was $105,810 and for a statistician was $80,500. Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow by 21 percent, and for statisticians grow by more than 34%, through 2024.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Angelica Rankin '15 transferred to SAU to complete her Teacher Education (5-12) and Math degree. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Iowa and now is the Associate Director of Project Lead the Way.
Faculty

Tim Gillespie, PhD, Asst. Professor and Chair

Il Woo Cho, PhD, Professor
Junyi Dong, PhD, Asst. Professor
Lisa Thimm, MS, Visiting Instructor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (39 credits)

Required:
+MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic & Proof, 3 credits
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 291 Calculus III, 4 credits
MATH/STAT 300 Modern Probability & Statistics, 3 credits
MATH/STAT 301 Statistical Modeling, 3 credits
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 credits
MATH 370 Real Analysis, 3 credits
MATH 380 Abstract Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 390 Mathematical Programming, 3 credits
MATH 400 Topics in Mathematics, 3 credits

Students who wish to earn a secondary (grades 5-12) teaching license will:

  • Substitute MATH 340 - Secondary Math Methods (3 credits) for MATH 400 - Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Complete required coursework in the Teacher Education Program.

+=satisfies General Education requirements

Click here to read course descriptions for Math

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Math. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
Oral Communication 3 Foreign Language 101 3
Written Communication 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Information Literacy 1 Health & Fitness I              1
Quantitative Reasoning 0 Health & Fitness II 1
MATH 191 Calculus I 4 MATH 192 Calculus II
[Pre-req AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher or MATH 191]
4
MATH 220 Intro to Logic and Proof
[Pre-req ACT MATH 28 or higher or Math 171]
3 MATH 290 Linear Algebra
[Pre-req MATH 191 or AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher]
3
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
Creative Arts 3 Humanities 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Social Science 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
*MATH 291 Calculus III 4 *MATH 301 Statistical Modeling 3
*MATH 300 Modern Probability & Statistics 3 *MATH 320 Differential Equations 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
Humanities 3 MATH 390 Mathematical Programming (needs dept approval) 3
Social Science 4 Electives 12
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
*MATH 370 Real Analysis 3
MATH 395 Seminar 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
*MATH 380 Abstract Algebra 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Electives 12 Electives 12
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

*Needs prerequisite. See Course Catalog for details.

Minor in Math (17 credits)

A minor in math consists of computational and theoretical courses.

Required:
MATH 191 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic and Proof
MATH 290 Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 380 Abstract Algebra or MATH 370 Real Analysis, 3 credits

Minor in Statistics (17 credits)

A minor in statistics consists of math and applied statistics courses.

Required (14 credits):
MATH 191 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 290 Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 300 Probability and Statistics, 3 credits

Choose One (3 credits):
MATH 305 Advanced Data Science
WI-MATH 306 Ethics of Data Analysis
MATH 390 Mathematical Programming

Scholarships and Grants

Undergraduate Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

First-Year Scholarships

Amounts are for first-year students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies, for up to four years, as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA, and remain a full-time student. 

On Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Trustee Scholarships
Criteria: unweighted 4.0 GPA and minimum 30 ACT or 1390 SAT score
Award: $23,000 per year and invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship

Presidential Scholarships
Criteria: minimum unweighted 3.8 GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 SAT score
Award: $20,000 per year

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $14,000 per year, $15,000 per year, $16,000 per year or $17,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
$12,000 per year

On Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000 per year

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000/year

Off Campus (Merit-Based Scholarships)

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000 per year, $12,000 per year, $13,000 per year or $14,000 per year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $10,000 per year

Off-Campus (Additional Institutional Scholarships)

Fr. Menke Catholic Parish Scholarships
Criteria: member of Catholic parish in the Diocese of Davenport
Award: varies

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $500 per year

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2019-20 academic year. 

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa
Criteria: awarded to all Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society members transferring from a community college
Award: $14,000

OR

Transfer Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on GPA
Awards:
3.5-4.00 GPA $13,000 
3.0-3.49 GPA $12,000
2.5-2.99 GPA $11,000 
2.0-2.49 GPA $9,000 

Out-of-State Grants
Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000 per year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000 per year

Dual Admission Scholarships
Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 per year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Awards
Criteria: diverse student
Award: $1,000 per year on-campus; $500 per year off-campus

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant
Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $6,095 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant
Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: $5,650

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Fine Arts Scholarships

How do I qualify for a fine arts scholarship? 
Scholarships are awarded based on performance and ability in art, music and theatre. Review the various requirements below:

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


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Contact


Tim Gillespie, Asst. Professor

Math and Statistics Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6179
GillespieTimothyL@sau.edu

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