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The undergraduate program in Mathematics leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and has been designed to provide the students with options suitable for various career plans. The choice of concentration determines the set of mathematics courses required, as well as those that can be taken as electives.

Mathematics provides tools and techniques that can be applied to solve problems in many fields. With a major in Mathematics, students learn to apply these tools, and consequently improve their career opportunities. Our programs are designed to prepare Mathematics majors for jobs currently offered by industry, business, educational and government institutions. The choice of a concentration should reflect the student’s academic interests as well as career plans.

This concentration is designed to provide a thorough training in applied mathematics, including Statistics, Operations Research, and/or Scientific Computing. Upon completion of this major, the students have the potential for careers in scientific, business, industrial and/or actuarial areas, in positions like professional statisticians, software engineers, programmers or consultants. The program also prepares majors for further graduate studies in
Mathematics at NEIU or elsewhere.
Students in Applied Mathematics who complete Math 306 (Linear Programming and Extensions), Math 307 (Probability Models for Operations Research), and Math 304 (Numerical Analysis) have an appropriate background for taking Actuarial Examinations. With these added courses a student is prepared for work in the insurance and pension industry, as well as for consulting in private or government agencies.

The Mathematics Department has institutional memberships in American Mathematical Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and Association for Women in Mathematics. Mathematics majors are encouraged to take an active part in the Math Club, which is open to all students with an interest in mathematics. Mathematics majors interested in applied sciences are also encouraged to attend the weekly seminar series sponsored by the Computational Dynamics in Physics and Populations Research Community, the Society of Physics Students, the NEIU Math Club, and the Chicago Math Scholars.

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Admission to the Program 

Students may declare the major in Mathematics at any time after admission to the university.  The declaration forms can be found online at or outside the Mathematics offices in BBH 214B & C.  Students must bring the from completed and signed to the Mathematics office.


Required Courses:

Math 187 Calculus                                                                  …4 cr.
Math 202 Calculus II                                                                    4 cr.
Math 203 Calculus III                                                                   4 cr.
Math 251 Introduction to Advanced Math                                 5 cr.
Math 253 Linear Algebra                                                           3 cr.
Math 340 Computing for Mathematicians                                4 cr.
Math 334 Mathematical Statistics I………..……                     .3 cr.
Math 336 Mathematical Statistics II....................                     ..3 cr.
Math 339 Advanced Calculus: Multivariable……                     3 cr.

Four Mathematics 300-level elective courses approved by
the Math Department  ….…..                                              ......12 cr.
Total……………………………………………          …….......45 cr.
Important: Math 305 and Math 321 are not accepted as elective
courses for the Applied Mathematics track.


Opportunities in research and service while you are a student
(For more information, talk with the Student Center for Science Engagement, BBH-235, or Mathematics faculty members.)

  • Summer Research/Internships
  • Research at NEIU (Paid)
  • REU – Arizona State University (Paid)
  • Harvard Medical School (Paid)
  • REU – University of North Carolina (Paid)
  • Golden Apples Scholars Program

McNair Scholars
Gear UP (Paid)
Service (during the academic year and could be paid)
Peer Leader, Mathematics Enrichment Workshop Program
Mathematics Department Tutor (located in SCSE, BBH 247)
Tutor for Gear UP
Tutor for Grow Your Own (TAP Exam)
Tutor for the Math Lab
What can you do with a BA degree in Math from NEIU?
Here is what some of our recent alumni are up to:

  • MS in Mathematics at NEIU
  • PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC Santa Cruz
  • PhD in Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University
  • PhD in Applied Mathematics at McGill University
  • MS in Statistics at University of Michigan
  • MS in Statistics at Northwestern University
  • MS in Math Education at UIC
  • WNS Global Services
  • CPS Teacher – Elementary and High School
  • Web Developer – Technology Company
  • Software Developer
  • Engineering at UIUC
  • Private Tutoring Company
  • Engineering Firms
  • Financial Firms
  • US Department of Treasury

Program Contact Information 

For more information on the Major in Applied Mathematics, please email the program advisor, Prof. Marina Polyashuk.


Other important information

  • Declaring the major: Declaration of Major forms are available from your advisor or Mathematics Department offices.
  • Scheduling: To accommodate working students most of our upper level courses are offered in the later afternoon and evening.
  • D-grade policy: Courses in which a student has earned a D will not count toward meeting graduation requirements in Mathematics. The student may either repeat the course or, if the course is not required in the program, take an alternate course. The same applies to courses transferred from other institutions.
  • Tutored study: Tutored study allows a student to take a course listed in the catalog but which is not regularly offered. Students meet individually with the instructor several hours a week. Tutored study courses require approval of the Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Required courses are not given on a tutored study basis. No instructor is under the obligation to offer tutored studies.
  • Residency requirement: All students majoring in Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University are required to take at least four 300-level Mathematics courses (chosen with the approval of the advisor) and a total of 15 credits in the major in residency.
  • Other requirements: Students are responsible for satisfying General Education and University requirements (including computer literacy requirements, which require familiarity with the library computer systems). All students are required to complete at least 42 300-level credit hours.
  • Recent changes in the Math Major Program: Coursework requirements for Applied Mathematics Majors in this handbook are effective for students who declared this major after August 25, 2013. Those who declared before this date may choose to follow either the current requirements or previous requirements.

An Applied Math Major who declared before August 25, 2013 should consult the advisor when making a choice of requirements


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