Mathematics

Develop a broad field of knowledge while you explore the many practical applications of math in a hands-on, career-focused liberal arts mathematics program at Wells.

The study of math teaches you more than a specific skill set: math teaches you how to think and imparts analytical and problem-solving skills you can apply to all kinds of careers and in day-to-day life. In the Mathematics bachelor's degree program at Wells College, you'll get to explore the many practical applications of math while gaining a well-rounded, liberal arts education that will position you for success in the job market or prepare you for advanced study in graduate school. The Mathematics program is available as a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and as a minor.

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A Look Inside the Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

As a math major, you’ll gain an appreciation for the power and beauty in the logic of mathematical structure and thought. At the same time, you’ll develop the very marketable ability to use mathematics to understand and solve problems in a variety of fields.

You’ll find that our Mathematics program is more than numbers and equations. At Wells College, professors create a fun-filled environment that teaches you to apply data to practical scenarios and situations. Our math majors also benefit from small classes, one-on-one mentorship with faculty, and accessible professors who are here to help you succeed.

Our Mathematics bachelor’s degree program offers a variety of opportunities in the surrounding New York community and beyond. You can participate in the annual Business Idea Competition and create your own business plan, join the Physics Club, or take part in student-focused research conferences that help you to build your networking and public speaking skills. The senior thesis for mathematics allows you to work through an original, high-level research project and apply learning strategies as you prepare for a career in a related field. Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities at Wells.

If you’re interested in engineering, you can also take part in our 3/2 program with Cornell University. This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts from Wells College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell.

What You’ll Learn as a Mathematics Major

  • Fundamentals of mathematics (including calculus and linear algebra), computer science, and physics
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills you can apply to virtually any career
  • Mathematical theory and problem-solving methods directed toward a variety of real-world applications

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Program

At Wells, your study of mathematics will extend beyond the classroom, offering a range of opportunities to gain real-world experience, develop a professional network, and discover what you’re passionate about.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Internships are required for the Mathematics major and offer diverse opportunities to explore the realities of careers you may be considering. The following are a few examples of recent internships held by Wells students:

  • Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Museum of Science & Technology, Syracuse, New York
  • Wall of America, Sharon, Connecticut
  • D & D Data, Vienna, Virginia

You can also pursue math and other programs around the world. Try a semester in Scotland, England, Ireland, or New Zealand and expand your horizons along with your academic resources. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells

Mathematics Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Taking your math studies beyond the classroom is a great way to learn new skills and make new friends. You can participate in the annual Business Idea Competition held at our Aurora, New York, campus, and apply your math skills to solving real business challenges. You can join the Wells College Physics Club or take part in our Science Colloquium Series featuring lectures by faculty, students, and special guests. Interested in helping other students? We also offer a tutoring program in mathematical and physical sciences.

Related Minor Degree Programs

If you’re interested in Mathematics, you might also consider a minor in programs such as: 

Career Options for Mathematics Majors

With a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, you’ll enter the job market with highly marketable skills that can be applied to a variety of lucrative, in-demand careers. Actuary, statistician, mathematician, and data scientist are all top-ranked jobs in recent years based on factors such as pay, job security, and work environment. Engineers, computer scientists, healthcare professionals, and market research analysts are also examples of potential career pathways for math majors. Even if you ultimately choose to pursue a career that is not directly related to mathematics, your study of math will prepare you with analytical and critical-thinking skills that will be of great value.

Current Research in the Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Program

Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics Matthew Hogan, along with collaborators at Florida Atlantic University, recently published the article “Diffeomorphism invariant cosmological symmetry in full quantum gravity” for the International Journal of Modern Physics D. This is the first of three articles detailing a breakthrough in relating loop quantum cosmology to the full theory of loop quantum gravity — a project begun by Albert Einstein over a century ago.  Professor Hogan will present this work at the 26th Midwest Relativity Meeting at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Tom Stiadle's research interests include group actions (sets of symmetries) and algebraic K-theory (which has application to the topology of manifolds). He serves on the Health Professions Advising Committee.

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"I particularly love coding, going into the program and working from the inside of the program to the outside result...After taking a few math classes, I realized that the two majors coexist really well."

Saquan Owens '18
Computer Science Major, Mathematics Major, Umoja Co-President, Evenline Coach
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Program Faculty
Tom Stiadle
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Matthew Hogan
Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics
Harold "Buz" Lamson
Lecturer in Computer Science and Mathematics
Show What You Know

One of the things students tend to enjoy most about our Mathematics program, like all programs at Wells, is the chance to participate in undergraduate research and share what they’ve learned with peers and the wider academic community. Wells students have participated in local and national disciplinary conferences, co-authored papers for publication in scholarly journals, and have been selected to present their research findings at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Not only are these fun and rewarding opportunities to apply data to practical scenarios and situations, they’re also unique educational experiences that will help prepare you for graduate school and professional advancement. Learn more about undergraduate research at Wells

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