# Mathematics

What if you could learn the mathematics that make possible the animation tools used by Pixar or drugs designed to cause fewer side effects...

**Mathematics** is an

elegant and useful way

of perceiving our world

## SUM WORSHIPPERS

Imagine a computer chip that stores 1s (positive charge) and 0s (no charge) in a grid. Your engineers tell you it will overheat if there are too many 1s next to each other.

**What 2D numerical sequences can you come up with**that will keep the chip cool?

Our field is like a spectrum, from very **theoretical problems (like discovering new primes) to mathematics applied in various real-world situations**. How many fish can you harvest from a given area and keep the fish population sustainable? Can you predict the cumulative impact of a given level of pollution in five years? In ten?

Mathematics lies at the **heart of the liberal arts**. Based in abstraction and logical reasoning, we help you build on the skills you already know and find the general principles and broad patterns to make proofs and logical arguments.

It’s an era of exciting change in mathematics thanks to advances in computing. Instead of learning to do calculations by hand, we can **shift our focus to the big picture**and think critically—what are the right questions to ask?

## Careers Made easy

### it all adds up

Through mathematics, we distill and describe the hidden patterns and relations among many things. In this way **mathematics finds ever-present application**—from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and the arts. It’s very interdisciplinary, and it’s why so many of our students double major.

We have majors out there in many differing fields—from law and graduate school to education, government, industry and the financial sector. Employers value **the analytical and logical skills of mathematics majors** and how they think critically.

Our program is a **fine foundation for graduate-level mathematics**. Our small size allows us to know our students very well and tailor work, including independent studies, to their interest.

## Successful Alumni

**Professor of business**

Penn State University**Senior research scientist**

Yahoo! Research Learning Group**Flight service and weather engineering team member**

Federal Aviation Administration

## My Favorite Course

“This is where you start to get a hand on upper-level mathematics, but you are not killed with difficult problems. The theorems are accessible, and you learn to write proofs.”

**Gregory Hunt** on Linear Algebra