Mathematics

Mathematics can model many kinds of problems, like determining the load a structure can endure before failing, or scheduling resources to improve efficiency, or predicting the spread of a disease in an urban area, or optimizing the routes of a fleet of delivery vehicles to save time and fuel. Learning to solve problems pragmatically yet critically will prepare you to make a difference in many different fields. With a degree in mathematics, you can become part of the backbone of many important industries – you may play a role in science, law, business, education or technology.

Program Strengths

  • Solve real-world problems using logic and reason.
  • Design and implement algorithms using a programming language.
  • Tease apart assumptions underlying an argument and evaluate the many possible consequences of a claim.
  • Sharpen your critical thinking skills while developing proof-writing strategies.
  • Learn from experienced professors who genuinely care about your success.
  • Explore the connections between mathematics and other areas of knowledge.
  • Culminate your experience with a senior capstone that summarizes your knowledge.

Requirements

The capstone experience is a mathematics project with a companion research paper. Before applying, students:

  • Should have a grade of B- or better in Mathematics 151: Calculus II, or an AP equivalent, OR
  • Should have a grade of C+ or better in the two previous 150+ level mathematics courses taken
Students will be prepared either for graduate school in mathematics or for the workforce.  To be suitably prepared for the workforce, students must complete a series of courses in a field that is complementary to mathematics. The student can choose a series of courses in either chemistry, physic, data science, computer science, or business.  Alternately, so as to be suitably prepared for graduate work in mathematics, a rigorous course in analysis is required. The capstone experience contains a mathematical project with a companion research paper.

 

For students who are interested in further exploring the connections and applications of mathematics to other fields, the interdisciplinary major enables a student to pair courses from the mathematics area with courses from any of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Education
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion

Forms

Contact Information
Dr. Neil Simonetti
Head of Business, Math, and Computer Science Area

Course Examples

Our Faculty

Maxwell Blair
Assistant Professor of Math and Physics

Maxwell Blair

Dr. Blair works with students and colleagues who are motivated to transform useful...
Caira Bongers
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Council Chair

Caira Bongers

Caira Bongers teaches courses in calculus, and both elementary statistics and calculus-based...
Maret Genzlinger
Lecturer in Mathematics

Maret Genzlinger

Education BS, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh Accomplishments Summer program...
Neil Simonetti
Department Chair and Professor of Business, Computer Science, and Mathematics / Director of the Interdisciplinary Program

Neil Simonetti

Dr. Simonetti’s research focuses on a dynamic programming algorithm for the Traveling...