Mathematics and Statistics

Whether your goal is to analyze statistics, teach math to young minds at the middle or high school level, or delve into the burgeoning field of data science, St. Ambrose has an outstanding Mathematics program that can help you succeed.

Our graduates work at private and public middle and high schools, financial institutions, the Rock Island Arsenal, and many more.

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At St. Ambrose, you won't passively attend classes taught by graduate teaching assistants. Instead, you'll work with talented faculty dedicated to guiding you towards mastery of the knowledge, skills, and tools you'll need to reach your goals.

Mathematics and Statistics Fact Sheet

More Information on the Math Program

What will I learn?

Courses include Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Logic & Proof, Modern Probability & Statistics, and Ordinary Differential Equations. In our Topics and Mathematical Computing courses, you work one-on-one with faculty on research and analysis projects.

Do you want to stand out to employers or in graduate school admissions? If so, intern. The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of available summer research experiences for undergraduate mathematics majors. The American Statistical Association maintains a list of available internships in statistics. In addition, your professors and the SAU Career Center will help you find an opportunity that fits your goals.

If you want to further specialize your skills, we recommend a dual major. We have programs in finance, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and others that will open up even more post-graduate opportunities.

Students who combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates find immediate employment as secondary math teachers.

What are some potential career outcomes?

A Mathematics major gives you immediate options for jobs in actuarial science, business analytics, and data science. Other career fields include biostatistics/biomathematics, business intelligence, mathematician, operations research, and statistician/data analyst.

If you combine a mathematics major with a secondary teaching endorsement, you can teach middle or high school. Many of our graduates are immediately hired as secondary math teachers.

Many of our students advance to graduate programs in Measurement & Statistics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. Two graduates went on to earn PhDs and now teach in our department.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a graduate degree can lead to substantial financial success. In 2016, the median salary for a mathematician was $105,810 and for a statistician was $80,500. Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow by 21 percent, and for statisticians grow by more than 34%, through 2024.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Karlie Ann Wade (mathematics education 2018): High-school mathematics instructor, Pekin Community School District, Pekin, IA.
  • Caleb Reiter (mathematics graduate 2018): Software Developer at State Farm, Kewanee, Ill.
  • Andrew Huffman (mathematics graduate 2018): Software Engineer at Herzog, Marion, Ill.
  • Ryan Golden (mathematics graduate 2017): Completed a PhD at the University of San Diego in computational neuroscience.
  • Ty Balduf (mathematics graduate 2016):Completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Kansas and works as a theoretical chemist.
  • Angelica Rankin (mathematics graduate 2015): Transferred to SAU to complete her Teacher Education (5-12) and Math degree. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Iowa and now is the Associate Director of Project Lead the Way.

Tim Gillespie, PhD, Professor and Chair

Il Woo Cho, PhD, Professor
Junyi Dong, PhD, Asst. Professor
Michael Kiss, Lecturer
Lisa Thimm, MS, Senior Lecturer

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (39 credits)

+MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic & Proof, 3 credits
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 291 Calculus III, 4 credits
MATH/STAT 300 Modern Probability & Statistics, 3 credits
MATH/STAT 301 Statistical Modeling, 3 credits
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 credits
MATH 370 Real Analysis, 3 credits
MATH 380 Abstract Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 390 Mathematical Programming, 3 credits
MATH 400 Topics in Mathematics, 3 credits

Students who wish to earn a secondary (grades 5-12) teaching license will:

  • Substitute MATH 340 Secondary Math Methods (3 credits) for MATH 400 Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Complete required coursework in the Educator Preparation Program.

+=satisfies General Education requirements

Click here to read course descriptions for Math

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan for students to graduate in four years with a degree in Math. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

Oral Communication 3 Foreign Language 101 3
Written Communication 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Information Literacy 1 Health & Fitness I              1
Quantitative Reasoning 0 Health & Fitness II 1
MATH 191 Calculus I 4 MATH 192 Calculus II
[Pre-req AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher or MATH 191]
MATH 220 Intro to Logic and Proof
[Pre-req ACT MATH 28 or higher or Math 171]
3 MATH 290 Linear Algebra
[Pre-req MATH 191 or AP Calc AB Exam 3 or higher]
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Two

Creative Arts 3 Humanities 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Social Science 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
*MATH 291 Calculus III 4 *MATH 301 Statistical Modeling 3
*MATH 300 Modern Probability & Statistics 3 *MATH 320 Differential Equations 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

Year Three

Humanities 3 MATH 390 Mathematical Programming (needs dept approval) 3
Social Science 4 Electives 12
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
*MATH 370 Real Analysis 3
MATH 395 Seminar 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

Year Four

*MATH 380 Abstract Algebra 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
Electives 12 Electives 12
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

*Needs prerequisite. See Course Catalog for details.

Minor in Math (17 credits)

A minor in math consists of computational and theoretical courses.

MATH 191 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic and Proof
MATH 290 Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 380 Abstract Algebra, MATH 370 Real Analysis, or MATH 400 Topics, 3 credits

Minor in Statistics (17 credits)

A minor in statistics consists of math and applied statistics courses.

Required (14 credits):
MATH 191 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II, 4 credits
MATH 290 Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 300 Probability and Statistics, 3 credits

Choose One (3 credits):
MATH 305 Advanced Data Science
WI-MATH 306 Ethics of Data Analysis
MATH 390 Mathematical Programming

Scholarships and Grants


St. Ambrose offers excellent scholarships and grants, work-study and other financial aid options! Full-time students may be eligible based on your strong academic performance in college, your talent in fine arts or athletics or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code for the FAFSA is 001889.

First-Year Scholarships and Institutional Aid 2024-2025

Merit-Based Scholarships

4.0 GPA: $24,000
3.75-3.99 GPA: $22,000
3.0-3.749 GPA: $20,000
2.5-2.99 GPA: $18,000
2.0-2.49 GPA: $14,000
If GPA is 2.0-2.49, additional documents and review required for admission.

Merit-Based Scholarships

4.o GPA: $17,000
3.75-3.99 GPA: $16,000
3.0-3.749 GPA: $15,000
2.5-2.99 GPA: $14,000
2.0-2.49 GPA: $13,000
If GPA is 2.0-2.49, additional documents and review required for admission.


Ambrose Advantage Full-Tuition Scholarship
Pell-eligible Iowa residents, learn more here

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship: $500 per year
Parent is a St. Ambrose graduate

Catholic Traditions Scholarship: $1,000 per year
Students with Catholic religious denomination or plans to graduate from Catholic high school 

Minority Scholarship: $500 per year
Ethnically diverse student

Athletic Scholarships: varies
Performance and ability

Fine Arts Scholarships: varies
Performance and ability in music, art and theatre

Faith Learning Justice Campus Ministry Scholarships: $2,000 per year
Recognition of involvement in church and community service and interest in strengthening faith and growing as a leader in campus ministry

Scholarships are determined by unweighted GPA, and are renewable for four years of undergraduate student. Increases in scholarship awards due to change in GPA will be reviewed until March 1.

State and Federal Grants, Work Study

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as it is available.

Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant.
Award: $7,500 maximum

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,895 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
You must file a FAFSA to qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Must secure campus employment.
Award: $2,560

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 
Provides aid to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). Review criteria and all details here.
Award: up to $4,000

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Student Financial Services where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Tim Gillespie, Asst. Professor

Math and Statistics Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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