Major & Minor

Mathematics has a fascinating dual nature.

Many study it as an object of endless beauty, interest and intellectual challenge, while others are motivated by its applications to real-world problems. Increasingly, mathematics is an essential tool for modeling phenomena in the physical, biological and social sciences. Mathematical literacy is the key to surviving and thriving in the world of technology. At its heart, mathematics is the study of patterns: it is a creative art as well as a science.

A student who majors in mathematics at Wellesley College is prepared for a variety of career paths, whether graduate school in mathematics or a related field like economics or biostatistics, or a career in education, medicine, finance and engineering. As technology grows ever more universal, quantitative skills become increasingly valuable. Moreover, the critical thinking and logical reasoning skills developed in the pursuit of a major in mathematics are excellent preparation for fields as diverse as law, publishing, management consulting and software development.

The most recent National Science Foundation data, which ranks baccalaureate institutions by the total number of women alumnae who earned science and engineering doctorates in the years 2000-2004, show that 201 Wellesley alumnae earned science doctorates. When considered as a percentage of the total number of women alumnae, it is significantly better than the top five schools on the list. Even considering the total numbers, Wellesley College was the highest ranked liberal arts college.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Apr 1

Our second colloquium of the semester will be given by Shannon Stock from College of the Holy Cross.  We'll meet in 364 for snacks at 3:45 then head to 392 at 4:15 for her talk.

Monday, Apr 14

Student seminar this week will be led by Maria Tilden.  Join us for lunch at 12:20 in room 362, then we'll move to 364 around 12:35 for the talk. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, Apr 22

Our third colloquium of the semester will be given by Nathan Karst from Babson College.  We'll meet in 364 for snacks at 3:45 then head to 392 at 4:15 for her talk.

Monday, Apr 28

Student seminar this week will be led by Michelle Lam.  Join us for lunch at 12:20 in room 362, then we'll move to 364 around 12:35 for the talk. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

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