Majoring in Mathematics
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.
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.
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:
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.
- 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