Department Head's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  We are proud of our institution and our faculty, and would like to acquaint you with the programs offered in our department.   Specifically, we have major programs in MathematicsComputer ScienceMobile and Web Application Development, and Mathematics Education in Secondary and Elementary Mathematics.

Our Mobile and Web Application Development program is designed to offer students an education in the important world of mobile and web application programming. 

Computing is our most popular program, and our graduates hold responsible positions in major corporations throughout the country.  As with each of our programs, students with computing majors receive personal attention from full-time faculty.

We have strong programs in both secondary and elementary mathematics education.  Our mathematics education faculty are leaders in their discipline and are involved in many professional activities which give our students valuable opportunities and experiences.  Our graduates have had no difficulty in obtaining positions in what is now a growing job market in mathematics teaching.

Students may also specialize in a traditional mathematics program leading to a degree in Liberal Arts.  Jobs in industry and business are available for mathematics majors, and our top students in mathematics have been accepted in major graduate schools in recent years.

I am particularly proud of the mathematics and computer science faculty here at Northern.  Most of us have doctorates from major graduate schools, yet we see our primary responsibility as teaching, which is not the case in some larger universities.  Classes are relatively small, and the faculty are always available to answer your questions.

If you have any questions about the programs in our department please contact me at  If you would like to talk to me personally, please dial the NMU Prospective Student Information Line at 1-800-682-9797.  Ask the Admissions Office receptionist to transfer you to the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science.  I look forward to talking with you.


J.D. Phillips, Department Head
Mathematics & Computer Science
1401 Presque Isle, 2200 Jamrich Hall
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-2020
(906) 227-2010 (FAX)