What You'll Learn

In the 17th century, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Liebnitz — two giants of the mathematic world — both developed the first real theory of the infinite. They fought over who was first for the rest of their lives, but it created what we call calculus. 

Calculus lies at the heart of that idea, and learning how it can be applied to everyday situations will change your world.

What will I study as a math major?

At JCSU, we won’t just teach you theories and equations. Our program emphasizes problem-based learning.

So what does that mean for you?

It means you’ll learn how to apply what you learn in calculus and analytic geometry to situations you encounter every day. Math can be found in everything we do. Art, music, sports, even fashion all rely on the use of math.

If you have a head for numbers, or just a passion for math, our program will help you strengthen your ability to use logic and creativity to answer some pretty interesting questions.

Popular classes in the math program



MTH 362 Applications of Mathematics Explore the various ways math is used in finance, basic logic, art and music, spreadsheets, games and puzzles, number systems and culture.
MTH 432 History and Foundations of Mathematics Examine the work of pioneers in math and its history through creative problem solving.
MTH 434 Differential Equations I Learn how to solve ordinary differential equations, like the predator-prey model, and how these techniques can be used in science.
MTH 333 Probability and Statistics I Study data analysis techniques, elements of probability theory and how to deal with uncertainty.

Where will I study math?

Math is best learned when you can see how to apply it. At JCSU, you’ll be taught in our smart classrooms, which feature:

  • Wireless internet access
  • The latest audio-visual equipment
  • Plasma TVs

As a math major, you’ll also have access to the latest software on supercomputers in our new MACMAS lab.

What will I learn outside the math program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking history and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1155.