College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Mathematics

Why Mathematics?
Perhaps you are drawn to mathematics for its great power, its austere beauty, or for the eternal nature of its truths. Many people (including several faculty members in this department!) discover their love of mathematics relatively late in life when they finally experience the creative nature of the discipline beyond the high school level.

Our faculty members are committed to providing students with a strong curricula to prepare them for a variety of possible career options. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio and offer numerous departmental activities for students as described below. Math faculty also mentor students wishing to participate in the summer scholars program, independent studies, or other research projects.

Careers

When most people think of careers in mathematics, they think of teaching. There certainly is a great demand for well-prepared teachers of mathematics, and many of our students do choose to pursue careers in teaching. However, as you can see from our alumni profiles, a degree in mathematics is excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields including finance, actuarial science, and law school.

Those who choose to continue their study of mathematics beyond the bachelor’s degree will find even more career opportunities available to them. Recent math majors from SJU have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics, computer science, and biostatistics.

Departmental Activities and Special Programs

Some recent and annual events include: Career Night, Math Awareness Day (student talks, guest speakers, mathematical origami and pencil sculptures), Pi Day (with pies, of course!), Sudoku contest, Fall and Spring Departmental Picnics, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society, T-shirt Design Contest, Problem Solving Contest, and the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.