Welcome to Math @ Wellesley
Wellesley's Mathematics Department consists of faculty members with a broad range of research interests in pure and applied mathematics as well as statistics. We offer personal attention in advising and in small classes for all our students. Our majors, which number 25-30 per academic year, benefit from a well-developed curriculum that is both rigorous and inclusive. They have been highly successful securing positions in research, finance, and education. We recently have alumnae in mathematics or statistics graduate programs at Arizona State University, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Duke University, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Texas, University of Virginia, and University of Michigan, among others.
We offer a wide range of courses, covering topics ranging from the fundamental questions considered in subjects such as Number Theory (Math 223) and Real Analysis (Math 302), to the applications of mathematical knowledge in the real world, such as Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (Math 215) and Probability & Statistics (Stat/Math 220). Our current curriculum includes advanced courses for students interested in graduate studies, including Advanced Graph Theory (Math 325), Differential Geometry (Math 312), Advanced Topics in Analysis (Math 303), and Advanced Topics in Algebra (Math 306). In addition, we offer a minor in statistics, and teach intermediate and advanced statistics topics such as Statistical Inference (Stat 221), Causal Inference (Stat 309), Multivariate Data Analysis (Stat 228), and Regression Analysis and Statistical Models (Stat 318).
Inside and outside of the classroom, we encourage students to see and participate in the exciting and challenging world of current mathematics or statistics research. Students have ample opportunities to learn about groundbreaking mathematics and statistics at our student seminar and colloquium series. Many of our undergraduates participate in extra-Wellesley programs such as the Budapest Semester in Mathematics and Research Experience for Undergraduates, as well as programs on our own campus such as summer research and the Quantitative Analysis Institute’s statistics internship program. In the past years they have succeeded in securing excellent positions in graduate programs as well as the education, technology, and the financial sectors.
Statement of Values
The Department of Mathematics strives to be an inclusive and welcoming department that fosters an intellectually engaging and supportive learning environment. To that end, we have developed the following statements of values to guide us.
- We endeavor to create a welcoming mathematics community grounded in sustained and respectful connections to one another.
- We value the equal dignity of all people and strive to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in our department and the wider mathematics community.
- We believe that learning (and teaching) mathematics and statistics has transformative power that can yield meaningful experiences for everyone.
- We commit to guiding each other through the challenging world of mathematics, and to supporting one another by nurturing the persistent engagement necessary for learning.
We will try to uphold all these values all of the time. But we may not always succeed. Sometimes there will be misunderstandings, and people with good intentions might say or act in ways that do not live up to the values above. If you experience this, or otherwise feel we are not living up to the values articulated above, we encourage you to contact the department chair or any department faculty member with your thoughts or concerns.