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Bachelor of Arts

Finding patterns, solving puzzles, and discovering new ways to think about old problems are all part of mathematical thinking and what a math major studies. When reaching for a degree in Mathematics, you will develop analytical skills and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment – two items that rank high on employers’ lists of desired assets. Our mathematically diverse and dedicated math major faculty members ensure that you are always learning the most up-to-date techniques. A mathematics degree opens doors. Employers know math degree graduates have the quantitative reasoning skills needed to succeed in vastly diverse businesses.

Something new you’ll probably learn about math in Clarke’s math degree program: There is no right answer. It’s perhaps strange that for a subject that relies so strongly on mathematical proof, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to answering the question, “what is mathematics?” The Oxford English Dictionary states that mathematics is an “abstract science which investigates deductively the conclusions implicit in the elementary concepts of spatial and numerical relations, and which includes as its main divisions geometry, arithmetic, and algebra.” The American Heritage Dictionary sums up the subject as the “study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.”

In the math major at Clarke University, you’ll utilize a myriad of software and technologies, stressing conceptual development and logical reasoning. You’ll engage in cooperative learning and learn to discern what technologies are appropriate to a situation. As a math major, you’ll develop strong analytical and communication skills and learn problem-solving strategies – qualities highly sought after by employers. Does this appeal to you? We invite you to come to campus in Dubuque, Iowa, and see for yourself what a day in the life of a student studying for a bachelor of mathematics is all about. You can tour campus, chat with fellow students who are studying for a math major, and sit in on a class of your choosing. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!

Stand Out

You’ll be wanted. Mathematical skills and experiences stand out on your resume; only about 1% percent of college graduates hold a degree in mathematics. In addition, employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 33% from 2016 to 2026, according to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

You will utilize myriad software and technologies, stressing conceptual development and logical reasoning, encouraging cooperative learning, and using integrated labs that provide you with the opportunity to discern what technologies are appropriate to a situation. You’ll work with practical applications, applying skills that are critical in today’s changing world.

Mathematics has held an established position among the humanities for more than 2,000 years. Mathematical knowledge, with old questions being answered and new ones asked, is growing at an unprecedented rate. As a math major at Clarke in Dubuque, Iowa, you’ll study a broad range of topics, including algebra, calculus, trigonometry, geometry, computational mathematics, statistics, number theory, and discrete math. As a math major, you’ll learn to attack problems from multiple angles. You’ll be equipped with a toolbox of theories and knowledge that will have you chipping away at problems from different angles to reach a breakthrough. Our Clarke University mathematics degree program involves a combination of pure (theory and abstract) mathematics and applied (practical application to the world) mathematics.

All the Opportunities

  • A mathematics degree opens doors. Employers know math degree graduates have the quantitative reasoning skills needed to succeed in many types of businesses.
  • Clarke math major students are prepared for graduate school in mathematics
    and other fields.
  • Clarke math major students have rich interactions with faculty – academically,
    professionally, and socially.

Cool Classes

Linear Algebra — Learn how to think in higher dimensions. This is probably the most useful math course any math or science student can take.

Probability — Learn the basics of probability utilizing theory and technology. This class uses all your tools.

Capstone — Students get to choose a topic and investigate it in an original way. Learn about something new, find new connections, or create your own mathematics.

Classes You’ll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

Fun Facts

  • A math major works with practical applications, using skills that are critical
    in modern society.
  • Clarke’s math degree emphasizes communication and collaboration skills that hold great importance in the job market.
  • Math education majors learn the principles and practices of sound mathematics teaching.
  • Our mathematics program provides the flexibility to add a minor or second major.
  • A mathematics major helps a person become literate, conversant, and knowledgeable in many fields. Mathematics can be the mountain from which to survey the intellectual terrain.
  • Professional schools in business, law, and medicine respect mathematics majors for their analytical ability and versatility.
  • Happiness in the workplace: “The Jobs Rated Almanac” ranked jobs using the criteria of income, stress, physical demands, potential growth, job security, and work environment. Several of the top ten jobs are mathematics-related.
  • Teaching can be an emotionally and intellectually rewarding career, and there is a strong nationwide job market for mathematics teachers.

How About a Career?

Graduate schools (business, law, medicine) and employers think a math major is great because individuals with a math degree realize that studying mathematics develops analytical skills and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment; these are skills and experience which rank high on their list of assets. According to www.glassdoor.com, the 20 best jobs in America in 2020 can nearly all be linked back to a bachelor of mathematics. Well-known organizations like 3M, Facebook, NSA, and CIA are employers actively hiring mathematicians. Take a peek at some of the fields seeking mathematics degree-holding graduates:

  • Actuarial and Insurance
  • Information Technology
  • Software Development or Engineering
  • Investment and Finance
  • Law
  • Environmental Science
  • Research Science
  • Physiology and Astronomy
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Quality Control
  • Teaching
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Meet Our Faculty

When our math degree graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Amanda Matson, Ph.D.

Amanda Matson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

I care about students as whole people, and I wish to empower them through my teaching.

Judy Munshower, Ph.D.

Students learn by hands-on doing.

Sean Bradley, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Mathematics

Students learn best when they are active and engaged in the classroom, doing rather than just watching.

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There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Mileva Gacanich

Mileva Gacanich

Mathematics and Chemistry '15

My goal was to attend veterinary school, and my double-major at Clarke helped me get there. This year I am off to veterinary school at Colorado State!

Matt Naber

Matt Naber

Mathematics and Education '14

After graduation, I was inspired to go to the David School in Kentucky to teach math and mentor at-risk students in this impoverished part of Appalachia.

Tara Sargent

Tara Sargent

Mathematics and Business '13

My Clarke degree led me to a position in Dallas, Texas, where I manage a client account with Coca Cola. Pretty cool!


The median pay in 2018 for mathematicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.


Experience one-on-one interactions with faculty  –  academically and professionally.

Stand out on your résumé!

Only one-percent of college graduates hold a degree in mathematics.

Experience Clarke Mathematics for Yourself

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