Mathematics and Data Analytics
College of Arts and Sciences
Do you enjoy solving puzzles and working with others on intellectual challenges? Do you want to avoid boring jobs with repetitive tasks in favor of a career where you are respected as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver? Maybe you are unsure of the career you want but hope to develop a versatile and adaptable skillset allowing you to serve a variety of industries.
At Doane, we welcome both students with explicit career intentions and students that have no idea about their futures. Because our Mathematics and Data Analytics program puts focus on problem-solving, communication and analytical skills, our graduates are prepared for and easily adapt to a wide variety of careers. Supportive faculty members leverage small class sizes to create collaborative and professional-skills-focused experiences so that our students confidently enter the workforce ready and able to contribute to a team. In addition, faculty members offer one-on-one help, mentor student projects and develop lifelong professional and personal friendships with students. These close relationships provide students with strong career references and networks for internships and jobs. These relationships continue to grow as our alumni have professional references and mentors for a lifetime.
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The Doane Difference
Preparing Dynamic Thinkers and Doers
The Mathematics and Data Analytics program is challenging, but the balanced curriculum transforms strong high school math students into creative and analytical problem solvers, ready to think through any issue. In every class, students are immersed in an ever-changing learning environment where they actively create, explain, and critique solutions and where communication and collaboration is an integral part of the process. These skills are touted by employers as most desired in their new hires but are often ignored by programs at other universities.
Variety of Career Choices
Doane Mathematics and Data Analytics majors develop into confident professionals capable of understanding and executing a vision, and making positive changes in the world. Whether it’s working as a business analyst, graduate student, math teacher, statistician, financial examiner, controller, or a software engineer, our students are well-equipped to begin a career in their desired field. Our graduates report they are able to find efficiencies and solve problems not even recognized by their workplace colleagues, that they easily adapt to workplace changes, and that they often feel like “the smartest person in the room”.
Math and Communications
An effective analyst and problem solver is good, but one who can communicate in person and in writing is unusual -- and great! In every class, Mathematics and Data Analytics students are expected to write, explain solutions and critique arguments. This sets our students apart in interviews and in their careers because a focus on communication is rare in college math programs. In addition, all seniors conduct research on a real-world problem of their choosing, write a paper, and share their findings at a conference, preparing them for professional writing and presentations.
A degree in mathematics and data analytics prepares you for a wide range of careers after graduation, from entry-level positions to graduate studies in a wide variety of fields. Students willing to add a teaching certification to their studies may qualify to be a Noyce scholar in Project SERVE, a grant adding up to $38,000 in scholarships.
High School Teachers
2018 Median Pay: $60,320 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2016-2026
High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.
Personal Financial Advisors
2018 Median Pay: $88,890 per year
Job Outlook: +15% from 2016-2026
Personal financial advisors provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.
2018 Median Pay: $102,880 per year
Job Outlook: +22% from 2016-2026
Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk of potential events, and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ work is essential to the insurance industry.
Market Research Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $63,120 per year
Job Outlook: +23% from 2016-2026
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.
2018 Median Pay: $85,660 per year
Job Outlook: +11% from 2016-2026
Financial analysts guide businesses and individuals, making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.
Students work with Doane’s College to Career Center to develop a resume and prepare for an internship.
Students in the program have earned quality positions usually offered to only the best students at bigger schools. Recently, students have interned at
Catch Intelligence (Omaha)
Doane Baseball Sports Analytics program
Sandhills Publishing (Lincoln)
and Nebraska Book Company (Lincoln)
In addition, students may apply for summer research experiences (REUs) at other institutions or alongside a Doane faculty member. These research opportunities usually include room and board and often include a stipend.
Recently, students have participated in summer research at Grand Valley State University(Michigan), Georgia State University and Doane University.
Requirements for the Mathematics Major:
36 Credits in Mathematics
Fifteen additional credits in Mathematics at the 300-400 level
Option 2: Mathematics Teaching
40 Credits in Mathematics
All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education
Three additional credits in Mathematics at the 300-400 level
Recommended 300-400 level electives:
Graduate study (mathematics):
Graduate study (statistics):
Graduate study (computer science):
Project SERVE & Noyce Scholars
Doane Math Scholars Day
The Doane Math Scholars Day is an invitation only event for admitted prospective students who have an interest or aptitude in math. This half day event allows the invited students to see firsthand the unique features of Doane's Mathematics and Data Analytics program and discover the benefits of this degree. The event is limited in size to provide a personal experience and includes the following:
- Answers to "What can I do with a Math major?"
- Conversations with current Doane Math students and faculty
- Interactive classroom visit
- Campus tour
- Lunch provided
Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Barbara Herzog.
Doane University's annual Symposium in Undergraduate Mathematics (SUM), a forum for presentation and celebration of undergraduate student projects in mathematics. For this event, "research" is defined very broadly: original research, survey articles, literature reviews, historical expositions, statistical papers, etc. This event is a great opportunity for students who have participated in math-related research projects to present their work to a larger audience of peers and provides motivation and inspiration to younger math students who may be participating in such projects in the future.
The next SUM is scheduled for Thursday, April 9th, 2020.
For more information, please contact Peggy Hart, Associate Professor of Mathematics at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you focused on your career path and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? We haven't modified what it takes to graduate with a math and data analytics degree. Instead, we thought progressively about how you can meet graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. Save on tuition and get into the job market or graduate school more quickly while still receiving a world-class liberal arts education from Doane.
Actuarial Science Emphasis
Actuarial science is a career field combining mathematics, statistics, business, and finance and is one of the highest-rated careers in the world.
(Read more about the career here: http://beanactuary.org/.)
No specialized degree is required to enter the field since the Society of Actuaries has developed its own educational accrediting system consisting of a series of exams. We have several alumni working in this highly lucrative career and who serve as great mentors to our existing students.
Doane provides small group mentoring focused on study materials for actuarial exams. In fact, Doane will pay exam fees for students who have completed the requisite coursework. Here is a link to some sample problems from the exam: Exam P sample exam
Data Analytics Emphasis
Data Analytics is an emerging career field combining mathematical thinking, statistics, and specific data technologies. Doane’s data analytics emphasis was tailored through conversations with data analytics industry leaders in Nebraska and includes the right combination of skills and tools for our graduates to step immediately into these types of jobs. Recent Doane students have earned positions at Buildertrend, Catch Intelligence, and Doane Sports Analytics.
The education department here is phenomenal. I knew that this was the place to be if I wanted to be a teacher.
Marissa DeWispelare ’17
Math with an emphasis in Secondary Education