Mathematics faculty like getting results as much as the next department, but they also enjoy helping students through the process. As active researchers, faculty members invite students to assist them and even encourage students to create projects of their own. Many Concordia math majors are selected to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates at universities across the country each year.
Study Mathematics Abroad
Where did math begin? We could tell you, but showing you is much more exciting. “Mathematics in Another Light” seminar to Europe and Africa is one of the longest continuous offerings of the college’s study abroad program. Destinations include Paris, Cairo, Athens, Rome and London.Learn More
Improving the Quality of Lives Through Data
Grant Weller ’08 helps others through his mathematical talents.
Cobbers Take Top Prize at Data Analytics Competition
Concordia students place first for the third consecutive year at the 2016 Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Amy Oksol '14
Graduate Student in Economics at Vanderbilt University
My time at Concordia was helpful to get me to where I am today because I was able to have a wide variety of experiences outside of my major. It’s these experiences that helped shape what I wanted my career to look like. For example, I was able to go on a Justice Journey to Mexico, which inspired me to go to grad school so I could learn how to help people in poverty. Even though I didn’t major in business, I had enough flexibility in my credit requirements so that I could take econ classes alongside ones required for my major and see what I was interested in.
Shannon Goetz '15
Actuarial Analyst at Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Mathematical Finance Major
Today employers in my field want extremely qualified and technical-minded people, but they also prefer if candidates are well-rounded. Essentially they want the people who have it all, and I think being a student at Concordia, especially in the math department, prepared me for that. Concordia makes sure you leave with the ability to write, speak, understand, and be curious – all essential qualities for me to have in order to be in the field of actuarial science.
Joseph Hendrickson '17
Physics Major; Mathematics Minor
In the majority of my classes, the professors bring energy. I can sense that my professors have a passion for teaching and it allows me to become more engaged in my studies. Their energy is contagious! Professors and coaches alike are accepting and encouraging of my involvement in different activities. I am able to be active in music, athletics, and a keep a physics major. They all understand the importance of being well rounded.
Abigail Berglund '15
Mathematics Teacher at Kidder County-Tappen High School in N.D.
Mathematics Education Major
The atmosphere at Concordia taught me the importance of working hard and maintaining positive relationships with those around me. I strongly believe that these aspects that I developed during my time at Concordia showed through at my interviews. I was offered every job that I interviewed for and thank Concordia for helping me achieve my current position.
Kurt Haag '15
Mathematics Teacher at Worthington (Minn.) High School
Mathematics, Education and Music Major
Coming to Concordia was a positive experience for me. It’s like being in a family. We become a community of creators.
Levi DeVries '09
Assistant Professor at United States Naval Academy
Physics and Mathematics Major
Concordia fosters an environment that develops a good work ethic and stresses attention to detail. Though challenging, the classwork in physics and mathematics gave me a solid foundation for my research in aerospace engineering. Concordia faculty are encouraging and inspiring, and they go above and beyond to ensure students’ success.
Jacob Amos '14
Trading Analyst, CHS; Pursuing Master of Computational Finance at the University of Washington
Business–Economics and Mathematics Major
I took classes that taught me to think more critically than I ever had, worked harder than I ever thought I could, and had two awesome research experiences with my advisor and mentor Dr. John Reber analyzing statistical patterns in financial markets. Any success I ever attain in finance I will forever attribute to the unbelievably hard-working faculty in that department and everything they taught me. They will always stand out as some of the greatest teachers I have ever had.
Erin Twohy '14
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Ohio State University
Mathematics Major; Biology Minor
For as long as I can remember, I've always been a curious person. I love asking questions and finding out as much as I can about the world. As a liberal arts institution, Concordia has helped to foster my love of learning. I have discovered when asking questions to not limit myself to the subject at hand but to search for broader connections.
Alexandra Lippert '14
Mathematics Teacher at Willmar High School
Mathematics Education Major
The math department at Concordia always was so supportive of me, not only in academics but of my basketball career at Concordia as well. The department is very close-knit, and I felt as though I could share exciting news and experiences with any member of the faculty. They truly want the best for all students, and they pushed and supported me through everything, which I was and still am so thankful for.
Grant Weller '08
Senior Research Scientist, Savvysherpa, Inc.
Math and Economics Major
As a statistician, I often have the privilege of working with researchers in a variety of subject areas, including business, atmospheric science, sociology and astrophysics. Each of these fields has its own set of methodologies and terminology. Being able to understand the core concepts of collaborators' fields, as well as to effectively communicate those of my own in simple language, is a crucial skill for my career success. I believe that the liberal arts education of Concordia helped develop this skill by exposing me to subjects which I might not otherwise have learned about.
Rachel Klein '15
Mathematics Teacher at Blaine High School
Mathematics Education Major
The number one thing that helped prepare me for my current job was the overwhelming effort from every professor to help me learn. Their office hours saved me many, many times and I am forever grateful for their willingness to help their students! They taught me how to help my own students by being flexible and available whenever extra help is needed.
Tom Dukatz '16
Acturial Intern at Travers
“I wanted to be part of a top collegiate ensemble, but I didn’t want to major in music. Concordia emphasizes that non-majors can participate in music programs. That really appealed to me. That clinched it.”