Majoring in Mathematics

Mathematics Certificate

Overview

Mathematics provides powerful tools for explaining how the world works. As a mathematics major, you learn how to use them. We offer small classes, lots of personal attention and plenty of opportunities for individual study, research and honors study in pure and applied mathematics. You also learn to draw connections between mathematics and other fields of study. You can take a course in mathematical methods for the physical sciences, the mathematics of finance or even ethnomathematics, which explores the relationship between mathematics and culture. During your junior or senior year, you take part in an advanced seminar with talks by visiting experts and Connecticut College faculty. You also prepare and deliver a one-hour lecture on an advanced topic of your choice.

Special opportunities

We offer a broad range of statistics courses and have a full-time faculty member who is a trained statistician. Many math majors study abroad or pursue a funded internship through the College's career and professional development program. You also have the option of pursuing a certificate from one of our interdisciplinary centers. In addition, you may present a paper at the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference or other professional meeting.

Co-curricular activities

Math students work together and have fun together. We offer career nights, game nights and visits by prominent mathematicians. We regularly compete in the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Additionally, students at the math help center tutor peers in introductory and intermediate-level courses, and the Connecticut Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is based on campus.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Mathematics?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Developer, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Mathematician, Naval Underseas Warfare Center
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego
  • Analyst, Citigroup
  • Teacher, American International School in Johannesburg
  • Financial Analyst, TJX Cos.
  • Manager of Accounting Processes, Otis Elevator
  • Market Planner, Motorola
  • Senior Business Analyst, The Hartford
  • Associate Professor, University of South Florida
  • Systems Engineer, Boeing Co.
  • Assistant Manager for Economic Consulting, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Senior Software Engineer, Google Inc.
  • Vice President for Business Development, Merrill Lynch & Co.
  • Director of Research, St. Paul Travelers Cos.
  • Load Research Analyst, Northeast Utilities
  • Senior Financial Economist, FDIC
  • Risk and Performance Analyst, Putnam Investments
  • Research Associate, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Portfolio Manager/ VP of Trust Division, Pittsburgh National Corp.

Faculty

Bridget B.  Baird, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Bridget B.  Baird, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Bridget B.  Baird, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Virtual reality and archaeology • Motion capture and multiple modalities • Applications of computers in the humanities

Warren P. Johnson, Associate Professor of Mathematics Warren P. Johnson, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Warren P. Johnson, Associate Professor of Mathematics
q-analysis • Calculus • Determinants • Special functions • Number theory • Combinatorics • History of mathematics

Priya Kohli, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Priya Kohli, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Priya Kohli, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Covariance modeling • Longitudinal studies • Missing data

Kathleen McKeon, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Director for Academics of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy Kathleen McKeon, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Director for Academics of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Kathleen McKeon, Professor of Mathematics, Associate Director for Academics of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
Computational graph theory • Enumeration • Algebraic graph theory • Probabilistic combinatorics • Algorithms and analysis

Augustine B. Augustine B.

Augustine B. "Tina" O'Keefe, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics • Combinatorics • Commutative algebra • Graph theory

Perry D. Susskind, Professor of Mathematics Perry D. Susskind, Professor of Mathematics

Perry D. Susskind, Professor of Mathematics
Complex analysis • Geometry and low-dimensional topology, particularly Kleinian groups • Discrete groups of isometries of hyperbolic n-space • Hadamard manifolds • Geometric group theory

Matt Willis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Matt Willis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Matt Willis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Pure mathematics • Combinatorics • Statistics • Linear algebra

Student profile


Emil Lalov Emil Lalov

Mathematics, economics


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: The great academics combined with many extracurricular opportunities, as well as the supporting and friendly environment.


Q: Why did you decide to study mathematics?
A: For me, mathematics is a beautiful subject requiring nothing but your ability to think creatively and use your intuition the right way. I was fascinated by this science in high school. My desire to learn more about it led me to get involved with math competitions. When I came to Connecticut College, I was eager to continue.


Q: What role has the College's career development and funded internship program (CELS) played for you?
A: CELS helped me a lot while I was applying for internships. The counselors are absolutely fantastic and I cannot say how grateful I am to them for helping me land my dream internship as an actuary in Liberty Mutual's headquarters in Boston. I did this internship in my sophomore year and was invited back the following summer – an offer I was thrilled and excited to accept.

Selected courses


  • Linear Algebra
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Graph Theory
  • Theory of Computation
  • Mathematics from a Cultural Perspective

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Student research


Functional Equations and their Applications
By: Emil Lavlov '14
Advising Faculty: Warren Johnson

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