Mathematics

Our mathematics students are problem solvers and that go on to great careers using the quantitative and analytical skills they developed at Simmons.

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Do you like a challenge?

Our students learn to think about problems in a whole new way. You can combine one of our majors with an interest in economics, management, computer science, or another science. Many of our students use their biostatistics major to build careers in public health doing exciting things like designing clinical trials for new medications and treatments.

Our faculty is always on the forefront of using new teaching methods, including cooperative learning groups, computer laboratory investigations, writing-to-learn and flipped courses, as well as traditional instruction. Our students go on to successful careers and graduate study in fields like statistics, scientific programming, public health, "big data" and teaching.

The major in Mathematics begins with

MATH 220 Multivariable Calculus 4

(Some students will have taken the equivalent of MATH 120-MATH 121 in high school; other students will take MATH 123 or MATH 120-MATH 121 at Simmons prior to taking MATH 220.)

Other required courses are

MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics 4
MATH 211 Linear Algebra 4
 
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics 4
OR
MATH 227 Intermediate Statistics: Design & Analysis 4
 
MATH 310 Modern Algebra 4
MATH 320 Introduction to Real Analysis I 4
MATH 321 Introduction to Real Analysis II 4
CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science 4

MATH 211: normally taken in the sophomore year

MATH 118: sophomore or junior year

MATH 310, MATH 321: junior or senior year

CS 112: may be taken as early as the first year; students should plan on taking it in the first two years. With the approval of the department, another programming course may be substituted for CS 112

In addition, Mathematics majors must take either

MATH 338 Probability 4
OR
MATH 343 Mathematical Modeling 4

as an elective

and two more Mathematics courses from

MATH 225 Differential Equations 4
 
MATH 338 Probability 4
OR
MATH 343 Mathematical Modeling 4
 
MATH 390 Special Topics Seminar in Mathematics 4

the other of MATH 338/MATH 343

MATH 390: may be taken more than once

A mathematics minor consists of

MATH 211 Linear Algebra 4
MATH 220 Multivariable Calculus 4

and three additional MATH courses numbered 121 or higher, except MATH 227, 228 or 229.

The increasing complexity of society has made the mathematical sciences important for people trying to solve problems not only in the science areas, such as physics, chemistry, and biology, but also in the areas of social science and management. In addition, the pure mathematical areas continue to appeal to many as an intellectual discipline, art form, or game.

The major in mathematics is designed to provide a strong background in various mathematical sciences and their applications. By your choice of electives, you may prepare yourself for graduate work or careers in statistics, scientific programming, public health, data science ("big data") or teaching.

Many opportunities exist for students who are interested in combining mathematics with other disciplines. Joint and double majors exist with the Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Management,  and Psychology Departments. Other fields (e.g. a health science or Environmental Science) may also benefit from combined study in mathematics and/or statistics. You'll work with your advisor to choose the best combination of majors and minors to match your interests and career goals. 

We also offer minors in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, and scientific computation for students pursuing other majors. 

All students majoring in mathematics  must complete four semester hours of independent learning. Your advisor will help you choose and plan courses and internships that will help you hone your skills and build your resume. Some recent examples include:

  • Research on the use of Leslie matrices to model the population dynamics of North Atlantic salmon
  • Research on modeling thermal noise for the Enhanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • Internship at EMC to become a "big data" analyst.
  • Research on computer methods to test integers to see if they are prime.  (This is important for encrypting data in computers.)

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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