Math majors and minors use creative approaches to solve problems in a variety of fields. The critical thinking skills learned in mathematics classes are applicable to a plethora of career paths and complement many double majors – education, engineering, data science, and business analytics being particularly popular options. Math majors and minors at Loras create a tight-knit, supportive, and enthusiastic community that extends beyond the classroom.   

Secondary Education Teacher

Mathematics Endorsement

Loras consistently graduates students who go on to teach high school and middle school mathematics. Students who go this route will double major in mathematics and education, therefore emerging with the knowledge and experience needed to teach effectively using a variety of contemporary instructional techniques.

Secondary Education

Experiential Learning

Competitions

You will have opportunities to participate in a variety of college-level regional and national math competitions, including the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition, the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, the MinneMUDAC, and the Putnam Exam. 

Bi-State Math Colloquium

Loras co-hosts the weekly Bi-State Math Colloquium with UW-Platteville. Professors, graduate students, regional undergrads, and alumni present on a variety of topics including brand-new research and applications of mathematics to various careers.

Senior Projects

You will work one-on-one with a professor on a three-semester research project. Students have mathematically analyzed popular games like Catan and Sudoku, fractal patterns in music and artwork, the math behind computer graphics, and modeled the spread of diseases. Students have partnered with non-profits to analyze the effectiveness of their community programs and consulted with a financial institution on customer churn analysis.

Explore Internships & Careers

Internship opportunities offer real-world experiences.

  • Product Support Analyst for Change Healthcare in Dubuque 
  • Analysis of state standards for elementary mathematics for the state of Utah 
  • Data analysis for Design Mills in Dubuque 
  • Data analysis for Mechdyne Corporation in Marshalltown 
  • Finance analysis with the CFO of Marian High School in Chicago 
  • Marketing analytics at Cottingham and Butler in Dubuque 
  • Quality, Control, and Innovation team for Fellowship of Catholic University Students in Golden, CO 
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates at Florida International University 

You will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.

  • Actuary 
  • Data Scientist 
  • Attorney 
  • Software Engineer 
  • Product Analyst 
  • Math Teacher 
  • Psychometrics and Instrument Design  
  • Accountant 
  • Economist 
  • Epidemiologist 
  • GIS Analyst 

Course Highlights

Loras College Mathematics Major students in class asking questions

Math of Games

In this class, students will learn how to view and think about the world through the lens of mathematics. Students will form their own mathematical conjectures about games they play and determine how to test the correctness of their conjectures. The class mainly consists of collecting data while playing games during the day, and writing analytic papers about the day’s experience in the evening. In this way they will learn how to reason from data and make arguments based on data.

Patterns and Perspectives: Math in Art and Music

This course uses the axiomatic and functional lenses of mathematics to both analyze and create art and music. In particular, we use projective geometry to develop axioms for perspective art, and we explore how mathematicians and artists tend to apply and manipulate those axioms differently. We use modular arithmetic and function transformations as a basis for understanding musical chords and counterpoint and compare that with a more conventional music theory approach. We also view and interpret fractals as structural objects from mathematical, artistic, and musical perspectives.

Statistical Learning

In this course, students will learn how to understand and use various methods for modeling and understanding complex datasets. Students will learn various regression techniques and classification methods. The theoretical underpinning of these methods will be covered and students will do small projects to learn how to use the methods, culminating in a final project on a topic of the student’s interest.

graduate degree Opportunities

Loras offers a variety of graduate, dual degree & accelerated pathways to pursue both your undergraduate and graduate degrees efficiently and economically.

Loras College Student

Clubs & Orgs

We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved from the moment you set foot on campus.

Math Club 
Chess Club 
Finance Club 

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

I remember my classmates and my teachers the most! The teachers made all the difference. Even today I continue to keep in touch with them.

— Brandi (’16)

Meet Your Professors

Susan Crook  PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Jacob Heidenreich  PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Karen Heidenreich  PhD

Instructor of Mathematics

Angela Kohlhaas  PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Mathematics News

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    Community On & Off the Court

    Growing up in Bellevue and attending Bellevue Marquette High School, Isaac Sturm’s (’17) affinity for the small-town, tight-knit community has shaped his life. More

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    Leading by Faith

    2013 graduate, Daniel Thole, sought a Catholic education, a strong community, and a robust math program when choosing his college. His search led him to Loras and those three factors continue to shape his life as an education leader a decade after graduating from Loras, earning him the title of our October Duhawk Dozen. More

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    Duhawk Connections

    Katie Gonzales (’14) has built an impressive career in collegiate athletics. She has dedicated her collegiate, graduate, and profession to ensuring that the achievements and stories of student-athletes receive the recognition they deserve. These reasons and more, make her our July Duhawk Dozen recipient! More