Mathematics and Data Analytics

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

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

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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.

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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”. 

 
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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.

Program Information

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.

Project SERVE

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.

Actuaries
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.

Financial Analysts
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)

  • Buildertrend (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. 

 

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Requirements for the Mathematics Major:

Complete 1 or 2.

Note:

RES 495 and RES 496 for 1 credit each may be substituted for MTH 497.

36 Credits in Mathematics

A minimum of 36 credits in mathematics with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above

Fifteen additional credits in Mathematics at the 300-400 level

excluding

Note:

RES 495 and RES 496 for 1 credit each may be substituted for MTH 497

40 Credits in Mathematics

A minimum of 40 credits in mathematics with a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or above

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):

and as many additional 300-400 level mathematics courses as possible

Project SERVE & Noyce Scholars

Interested in having K-12 students get excited about science? Doane has received the largest National Science Foundation grant in school history with a goal of recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in urban and rural schools in Nebraska, where they are needed the most. Ten Doane undergraduate STEM students will receive $14,000 in their junior year and $24,000 in their senior year and become apart of a group of students who will participate in seminars, have a mentor from a urban or rural school and attend STEM education conferences all with a goal of preparing you to teach in a high need urban or rural school. Learn More

TriMATHlon

The Doane University triMATHlon is a math contest in three stages designed for 9th -12th grade students. The contest includes material typically taught prior to trigonometry and calculus in Nebraska public high schools (up to and including 2nd year algebra). The three stages of the triMATHlon are: Extreme Team Challenge, Individual Written Exam, 3-Person Team "Math Bowl".

Extreme Team Challenge
Come prepared for the weather in this one-of-a-kind team challenge! 3-person teams will be presented with questions involving Doane's campus and have 45 minutes to prepare written solutions. (Limit 2 teams per school - calculators allowed)

45-minute Individual Written Exam
This multiple-choice exam includes 30 questions. (All mathletes welcome - no calculators allowed.)

3 - Person Team "Math Bowl"
This "quiz show" contest pairs 3-persons teams in a single-elimination tournament. (Limit 1 team per school - no calculators allowed)

The entry fee is $10 per mathlete and free for two adult sponsors. All participants will receive a Doane "triMATHlon" T-shirt! We will provide students with a brain-boosting pre-contest snack and lunch in our cafeteria. Registration begins at 8:30 AM, the contest starts at 9 AM and the awards ceremony ends at around 2:30 PM.

The Written Exam and the Team Math Bowl are taken in the Lied Science and Mathematics Building and the Extreme Team Challenge is a problem-solving event outdoors. Problems with registering? Questions or comments? Peggy Hart, Associate Professor of Mathematics, at peg.hart@doane.edu

The next triMATHlon will be held on Thursday, September 26th, 2019. Registration information is sent via email, so contact us to get on the list!

SUM

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 peg.hart@doane.edu

Three-Year Graduation Program

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. 

JL Vertin

JL Vertin

Associate Professor of Practice
Mathematics
Margaret Watts

Margaret Watts

Assistant Professor
Mathematics
Tracee Fairbanks

Tracee Fairbanks

Asst Prof of Mathmatics & Head Women's Basketball Coach
Mathematics
Barbara Herzog
Peg Hart

Peg Hart

Associate Professor
Mathematics
Marissa DeWispelare - Math with an emphasis in Secondary Education

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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

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