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If solving puzzles, exploring abstractions and defining problems in a creative way sound like activities you could get behind, then obtaining a Mathematics degree from McDaniel could be the perfect choice for you. With esteemed scientists, such as Albert Einstein stating that mathematics can be likened to poetry in its own unique way, it's no wonder mathematicians have to offer some of the most interesting yet sophisticated solutions.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Graduate Program Opportunity

Why McDaniel for your Mathematics Degree?

  • Personalized Learning
  • Hands-on Research
  • Strong Foundation

The Mathematics program at McDaniel provides students with a solid foundation for pursuing a variety of careers and graduate studies. In the Mathematics department, students can choose from specialized topics courses, problem seminars, independent studies, and electives to hone their skills in specific areas of interest.

When we say that students who major in Mathematics 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
  • IBM
  • Hewlett Packard Corporation
  • NASA
  • The Department of Defense
  • Actuarial firms

Distinctive Courses

CSC 1106 - The Art of Programming

An introduction to the use of algorithms for problem solving. The course will focus on finding algorithmic solutions for a given problem and expressing these solutions in a programming language.

MAT 2218 - Linear Algebra

A study of the theory of finite-dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, determinants, inner products, and eigenvalues.

MAT 3304 - Differential Equations

Linear differential equations with applications in the physical, biological, and social sciences; series solutions; systems of linear differential equations; approximation methods; the Laplace transform; Fourier series; the heat equation.

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.

Physics professor Apollo Mian

Mathematics – Physics Dual Major

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

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Student-Faculty Research in Math Maximize Your Summers

The annual Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program gives students an opportunity to work on a unique project with peers and faculty mentors. Previous Mathematics research projects include:

  • Generalizations of Waring's Problem with Professor Spencer Hamblen

  • Sign Language Recognition and Translation using Machine Learning with Associate Professor Paul Lin

  • Applications of Entropy to Gerrymandering with Lecturer Jonathan Epstein

  • Hierarchies in Fibonacci Word Fractals with Associate Professor Benjamin Steinhurst

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Conference Experiences in Math Network with Professionals

During Jan Term (and practically any other time of the year), students attend conferences to showcase their original research and get the full experience of mingling with high-profile mathematicians. Mark your calendar for:

  • Jan Term Conference Experience in Mathematics 
  • Mathematics Association of America (MAA) conference / MathFest
  • Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference
  • And more!

Pictured: Students attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2023, the largest mathematics conference in the world.

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.

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Jon Epstein, Ph.D. Faculty Spotlight

One of Jon Epstein’s core lessons to his students is that mathematics is not just a tool for understanding the world, but a human endeavor undertaken together. Epstein came to McDaniel after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, all in Mathematics.