Galileo said that “mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.” Mathematics courses are fundamentally intended to develop and sharpen students’ skills in this language; with mathematical understanding comes an increased awareness of and appreciation for the natural order behind God’s creation.
Mathematics has long been regarded as a natural component of a liberal arts education because of its strongly analytical, problem-solving emphasis. Recently, there has been increased recognition of the importance of mathematics in the job market; in a technological society, doors are often closed to job-seekers with a deficient mathematics background. A student who desires mathematical preparation for a career in industry, scientific research, engineering or education is well-advised to consider a math major or many courses in mathematics. Students interested in engineering may take a pre-engineering program of two- or three-year duration at Northwestern before transferring to an engineering school to complete his or her training.