Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark


An increasing number of employers are hiring mathematics majors for careers in which their problem solving skills can be applied to other areas beyond those traditionally considered mathematical. A degree in mathematics focuses on problem solving and communicating technical information, both skills highly sought after by employers.

Major Tracks

Secondary Education - 4-Year Plan

If you enjoy teaching, consider the degree track in secondary education. This track gives you an extensive background in both mathematics and education and is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the State of Illinois standards.

Finance / Actuarial Sciences Track - 4-Year Plan

If you are considering a career in banking or finance, consider the Finance/Actuarial Sciences track. You’ll take courses that focus on mathematics and business.  Specific courses focus on the mathematics for the first and second professional actuarial exams. These exams are the first licensing requirements to become a professional actuary as determined by the Society of Actuaries.

Pure Mathematics Track - 4-Year Plan

If you intend to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics, law, or medicine, consider the pure mathematics track. This track focuses on problem solving, logic, and the communication of highly technical information.

A minor in mathematics is also offered.

Elementary Education with a Mathematics Specialization

Elementary education majors must complete an additional 18 hours in mathematics with 9 credits at the 300 level. You may also complete additional coursework to receive a middle school math endorsement.

Program Highlights

Research Opportunities

All math majors write a senior thesis on the mathematical topic of their choice during the Senior Seminar course.


Math majors can tutor their fellow students at the campus math lab to fulfill service requirements for scholarships.

Local Internships

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in paid summer internships with several local companies, including Monsanto, Allsup, Inc. and Hortica Insurance.

McKendree MathCats

You can participate in the McKendree MathCats - the campus mathematics club.

Sigma Zeta

This national honor society encourages the attainment of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics while recognizing outstanding scholastic achievement.


Graduates frequently find jobs utilizing their skills in computer or electrical technology, statistics, probability, consulting, and market research.

Some of the companies that our recent graduates are working for include:

•   Allsup, Inc.

•   Boeing

•   Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

•   State Farm Insurance


Notable Alumni

Maggie Rahmoeller is currently in her fourth year of graduate school at North Carolina State University (N.C. State) pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics, specifically in the field of Lie Representation Theory. She has had the honor of teaching three undergraduate courses at N.C. State as well as the opportunity to participate in several other college-teaching preparation programs. After obtaining her Ph.D., she plans to become a professor at a university similar to McKendree.

Tyler Schwierjohn ASA, MAAA graduated from McKendree in 2008. He currently works at Wellpoint in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently an Assistant Pricing Director and is working on his credentials for Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries (FSA). 

Stephanie Thomas graduated from McKendree in 2010. After graduation, Stephanie entered graduate school at Saint Louis University (SLU) where she earned a master's degree in mathematics in 2012. Upon graduation from SLU, she happily accepted a position as an Applied Research Mathematician for the Department of Defense near Baltimore, MD.

Meet the Faculty


Dennis RyanDennis Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Voigt Science Hall 119
(618) 537-6937

Alan AlewineJ. Alan Alewine, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Voigt Science Hall 115
(618) 537-6931


Heather DyeHeather A. Dye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Voigt Science Hall 102 B
(618) 537-6556