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Albert Einstein once wrote that “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” If you too take great satisfaction—and maybe even find beauty—in solving complex problems with clean, elegant solutions, you’ll be in good company as a Mathematics major at McDaniel.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Graduate Program Opportunity
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Our Mathematics program is broad enough in scope that students taking the basic major in Mathematics are provided the groundwork 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.

Personalized Learning

In addition to regular courses, advanced courses are offered for small numbers of students who will benefit from a particular subject. Recent courses have included Differential Topology, Galois Theory, Set Theory, Tensor Analysis, and Chaos Theory and Dynamical Systems.

Hands-on Research

When we say that McDaniel Mathematics students get hands-on experience and close attention from their professors, we mean it. Here’s the proof (no pun intended): “Fractals and Recursively Stable Words,” “Sums of Cubes in Quaternion Rings,” and “Hausdorff Dimension of Generalized Fibonacci Word Fractals.” Those are the titles of recent research collaborations between Mathematics students and their professors.

Future Career Paths

Graduates of the Mathematics & Computer Science department distinguish themselves by acceptance into some of the finest graduate programs in the country, including:

  • Brandeis
  • Cornell
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia

Almost every graduate of our program is currently working in a professional position under the general titles like “mathematician,” “systems analyst,” “actuary,” and “statistician,” at places like:

  • The National Security Agency
  • The Pentagon
  • IBM
  • Hewlett Packard Corporation
  • NASA
  • The Department of Defense
  • Actuarial firms

Distinctive Courses

MAT 2224 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

A transition course from the technical problem solving of the calculus courses to the rigorous theorem proving courses of advanced mathematics. Introductions to logic and set theory, including the algebra of sets, functions, and relations, with examples from number theory, analysis and abstract algebra.

MAT 4405 - Real Analysis I

A treatment of the theory of elementary calculus including functions limits, sequences, series, uniform continuity, derivatives and Riemann integration, topological properties of the real numbers.

MAT 4494 - Capstone Experience in Mathematics

A large-scale independent project combining mathematical knowledge, problem-solving ability, and presentation, writing, and research skills. Projects most often involve mathematical research similar to summer research topics - working on unsolved problems and interesting questions. Other possibilities include historical research, mathematical modeling, or mathematical pedagogy.

Senior Capstone

Matthew Welte, a Mathematics major from Berlin, NJ, examines how musical objects such as notes and chords can be translated into mathematical structure so that mathematical operations can be applied; effectively changing them from one note or chord to another.

Special Opportunities

You can major or minor in Mathematics, double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, double major in Mathematics and Physics, or pursue a Mathematics major with an Education minor or specialization.

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Mathematics – Computer Science Dual Major

Two birds, one stone. McDaniel provides a clear, efficient path to a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science. 

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Mathematics – Physics Dual Major

For the Mathematics major who takes their fractals with a side of Physics.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

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Student Spotlight Angel Tuong, 2019 Mathematics major, Economics minor, French minor

Angel Tuong made the most of her time at McDaniel. She did independent research and presented it at a math conference, volunteered with APO national service fraternity, performed on stage with McDaniel dance company, was inducted into math, economics and foreign languages honor societies, and was a peer mentor.