Why study mathematics?

Students who study mathematics will develop the necessary problem-solving skills for successful careers in the digital age, which has created the need for a mathematically literate workforce.

  • Highly qualified faculty teach classes in advanced mathematics topics and maintain a focus on research and personalized courses of study.
  • Students have all-day access to the Mathematics Learning Lab, which has wall-to-wall chalkboards and write-on glass — adjacent to professors' offices.
  • Students have access to math programs and databases like MathSciNet and Maple. 


Mathematics at AU

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Mathematics graduates excel in careers as teachers, actuaries, researchers, engineers, professors and computer programmers. Many also pursue graduate degrees.

Hands-On Learning  

Internship opportunities include:

  • Citibank
  • Sammons Financial
  • SAIC
  • Sioux Falls School District (SFSD)
  • Wells Fargo

Augustana students often participate in independent research with faculty and in the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). Most programs pay students a stipend, as well as covering travel and living expenses.

Typically, first year students and sophomores participate in on-campus projects and apply in early spring following sophomore or junior years to participate in an REU.

More REU information: American Mathematical Society and NSF

Math students study away in:

  • The United Kingdom — focusing on physics and math with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Students can choose to study these upper-level courses:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Topology
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Discrete Structures
  • History of Mathematics

Classes in computer science and physics are required. Math skills often complement a second major.

Math students often participate in:

  • Augustana Mathematics Colloquium
  • Augustana Student Association (ASA)
  • Augustana University Education Association (AUEA)
  • MAA NCA Math Competitions
  • Math Club
  • Pi Mu Epsilon National Honor Society
  • SIMIODE Modeling Competitions