Mathematics & Computer Science

Mathematics professor Spencer Hamblen teaching class.  illustration


Personal attention is the hallmark of the Mathematics & Computer Science department where the average class size is 10 students or fewer. In addition to regular courses, advanced courses are offered for those students who will benefit from a particular subject. Students who like puzzles, precise thinking, and new challenges may choose to major or minor in either subject and often elect a dual major in both. Both programs develop critical thinking skills that qualify graduates for advanced graduate study at highly ranked universities or professional opportunities with corporations and government agencies.

Lewis Hall of Science


Dr. Spencer Hamblen
Department Chair
(410) 857-2471

Mathematics Online Catalog
Computer Science Online Catalog

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Majors & Courses

Professors who teach Mathematics & Computer Science focus on providing students with the problem-solving expertise essential as a foundation for a variety of careers, as well as having a thorough preparation for graduate study. Students also have the opportunity through the topics courses, the problem seminars, the independent studies courses, and electives to focus on individual needs and objectives.

The department offers the major, minor and dual majors in Mathematics & Computer Science with complementary studies in the following disciplines: Biology, Business Administration & Economics, Chemistry, Philosophy, and Physics. Students who major in Mathematics may elect to minor in Education and earn Secondary Teacher Certification.

Students also have the opportunity to intern at a company or government agency, or to pursue independent research with a faculty member.


Associate Professor and department chair Spencer Hamblen

(Ph.D. Cornell University), is the advisor to the Math Club and Kappa Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honor Society at McDaniel. He studies Number Theory, Algebraic symmetry, and Arithmetic Statistics. He also enjoys baking pecan pi and crocheting hyperbolic surfaces.

Visiting Assistant Professor Eunkyung Ko

(Ph.D., Mississippi State University), Academic interests: partial differential equations, ordinary differential equations, nonlinear analysis, and optimizations.


Senior Lecturer Michelle Gribben

(M.S. University of Maryland Baltimore County), teaches Finite Mathematics and focuses on making mathematics accessible.


Professor Italo SimonelliProfessor Italo Simonelli

(Ph.D. Temple University), teaches Calculus and Complex Analysis, among other courses, and mentors students in his areas of interest: probability theory, statistics, graph theory and combinatorics.


Assistant Professor Benjamin SteinhurstAssistant Professor Benjamin Steinhurst



Recent student–faculty research collaboration

Student Professor Topic
Taylor Thompson Dr. Spencer Hamblen Waring’s Problem on the Quaternions
Margaret Protzman Dr. Pavel Naumov Conditional Interchangeability in Strategic Games

External Awards

Jeffrey Kane, Jeff Norton, and Mike Donders winning Jeopardy team (second place), Mathematical Association of America, MD-DC-VA regional section (2012)

Brittany Nicholls, Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards, Honorable Mention (2012)

Benjamin Sapp, First Place Student Poster Award (2011), Mathematical Association of America, MD-DC-VA regional section

Michael Donders, Benjamin Sapp, and Fenghao Wang winning Jeopardy team (2011), Mathematical Association of America, MD-DC-VA regional section

Mathematics majors at McDaniel participate annually in the Putnam Competition offered to all undergraduate students of the U.S. and Canada. Since 1938, this exam is administered by the Mathematical Association of America. Recent results are as follows:

McDaniel College team, 72nd place in North America on 2010 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Michael Donders, listed among top 500 contestants on 2010 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Robert Kelvey, Second Place Student Poster Award (2010), Mathematical Association of America, MD-DC-VA regional section

Stephen Hardy and Robert Kelvey, winning Jeopardy team (2010), Mathematical Association of America, MD-DC-VA regional section

After McDaniel

Our graduates distinguish themselves by acceptance into some of the finest graduate programs in the country; majority receive fellowships or assistantships which funds their studies at either the Master's or Ph.D. level.
Johns Hopkins
North Carolina State

SUNY at Stony Brook
U. of California at Berkeley
U. of Maryland
U. of Michigan
U. of Pennsylvania
U. of Texas at Austin
U. of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Washington at St. Louis
Sample Outcomes for Computer Science Majors Class of 2010
Fenghao Wang: graduate student at U. New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
Stephen Hardy: graduate student at U. Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Adam Sommers: Alliant Techsystems (Rocket Center, WV)
Robert Kelvey: graduate student at Bowling Green State U. (Bowling Green, OH)
Andrea Mills: GSE Systems, Inc. (Sykesville, MD)
Samuel Smith: GSE Systems, Inc. (Sykesville, MD)

McDaniel has a chapter (the Beta chapter in MD was established in 1965) of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honor society in Mathematics to promote scholarship in Mathematics and to recognize good performance in the study of Mathematics. Students meet monthly and volunteer as tutors in math and computer science courses. 

Frequently our graduates return to discuss career opportunities in mathematics and computer science at annual Career Nights. In the last few years graduates with the following positions have been back on campus:
• Senior programmer/analyst, Sentient HealthCare
• Mathematician, Pentagon
• Systems engineer EDS
• Senior Actuarial Assistant, USF&G Insurance Co.
• Cartographer, Defense Mapping Agency
• Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Credit Analyst, Maryland Bank Statistician, National Agricultural Statistics Service
• NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
• Vice President, Dean Witter Reynolds Chief, Computer Science Division, Department of Defense (NSA)
• Director of Financial Planning, Denny's Restaurants
• Senior Computer Programmer, National Geographic Society
• Senior Accountant, Homewood Hospital Center
• Assistant Circulation Director, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
• Vice President IIT Research Institute
• Programming Analyist, Datatel Corporation