Mathematics & Physical Sciences

A Winning Formula

The study of mathematics or the physical sciences requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problem-solving skills. At The College of Idaho we provide the opportunity to expand and develop these skills as you acquire a broad range of mathematical and scientific knowledge.

Why study mathematics and physical sciences at The College of Idaho?

Our department provides an engaging and pragmatic curriculum that fosters student understanding of the nature and structure of mathematics and physical sciences, and encourages exploration of computational methods and mathematical applications. Our professors are dedicated to helping students develop critical thinking skills that are necessary for understand a rapidly changing and technologically-driven world.

The College offers majors in mathematics, mathematics-physics, and mathematics–computer science, which all include core coursework incorporating problem-solving, abstract analysis, computer programming, and applications, as well as additional upper-division courses in each of the three disciplines. Minors are offered in mathematics, physics, computer science, and technical and analytical skills in the natural sciences. A dual-degree engineering minor provides tracks in biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering.

Career opportunities for mathematics and physical sciences majors/minors

An understanding of mathematics and the nature of matter and energy, along with the ability to think critically and solve problems, is essential to many careers. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a wide variety of fields including business, computer programming, economics, education, engineering, finance, law and medicine.