The study of mathematics is key for pursuing careers in STEM fields, where women are still under represented. A student who majors in mathematics or applied mathematical science at Wesleyan acquires not only the technical knowledge she will need to continue to her next level of study or work, but also, through Wesleyan’s focus on the liberal arts, necessary communication and critical thinking skills, thereby providing her the flexibility for expanding and changing future job and career opportunities. Our courses and extra-curricular programs enable a student to structure her Wesleyan experience to match her own interests. Graduates of our mathematics programs often combine their major coursework with study in other areas, and have gone on to careers in various STEM fields, economics, teaching, business, and law.
The prestigious Munroe Scholars Program provides two full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission with interests in mathematics, dual-degree engineering, or science. Preference is given to students who demonstrate particular promise in scientific inquiry or research. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research. Recipients also are eligible for research stipends of up to $1,000 during their junior and senior years.
Major and Minor: Mathematics
Related Majors: Applied Mathematical Science
Wesleyan’s mathematics and applied mathematical science majors provide students the applied and theoretical background needed to pursue further study and work in the ever-expanding STEM fields. Our curriculums are designed to explore a broad range of topics as well as to allow deeper study in preparation for graduate school and careers. Small class sizes and mentoring faculty enhance students’ insights into academic fields and life-paths they wish to explore, and give students the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to new technologies and changing conditions in academia and the workplace.
Mathematics and applied mathematical science majors have participated in many national summer research programs. There are opportunities for internships, study abroad, research with faculty, and attendance and presentations at regional and national academic conferences. We also have an active math cub and a chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honorary society for undergraduate mathematics, which helps promote collegiality, sisterhood, and service activities.
MAT 205: Calculus I.
Properties and graphs of algebraic and transcendental functions, limits, continuity, the derivative and some of its applications, and antiderivatives.
MAT 210: Linear Algebra.
To introduce the elements of linear algebra. To apply the theory of matrices to solve appropriate problems, including systems of linear equations. Matrices, determinants, linear systems, vector spaces, bases, linear transformations, inner products, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization.
MAT 300: Ordinary Differential Equations.
To explore methods of solving ordinary differential equations. To expand upon the techniques learned in the calculus sequence. A study of first and second order differential equations and of higher order linear differential equations, including power series methods, Laplace transform, and a brief introduction to numerical techniques.
PHY 121, 121L: General Physics I.
To introduce the principles of classical physics and their applications in modern technology and everyday life using a calculus-based formalism. To enhance critical thinking skills through problem solving.
PHY 205: Periodic Motion and Waves.
To extend the concepts and techniques presented in PHY 121 and PHY 122. The study of periodic and wave motion, light and optics.
CHM 320: Inorganic Chemistry.
To systematically examine the properties and reactions of inorganic compounds with an emphasis on structure and bonding and metal complexes. To read and understand current literature of inorganic chemistry. Structure, properties, and reactions of inorganic compounds with emphasis on main-group and transition elements are included.
CHM 361: Thermodynamics.
An in-depth study of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, and their application to physical systems at equilibrium.
PHY 350: Quantum Mechanics.
Introduction to the concepts and mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics. Topics will include solutions of the Schroedinger equation, matrix mechanics, quantum measurement, and the theory of angular momentum and spin, with applications to systems in atomic and nuclear physics.
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