The study of mathematics is a hallmark of enlightened society, as it has been for millennia. Mathematics helps us understand our world and ourselves, and it is fun.
Mathematics is one of the oldest of the liberal arts. The study of mathematics has been used for centuries to train students to think clearly and creatively. Mathematical applications enlighten other disciplines and inform society. The Mathematics major at Franklin & Marshall offers an ideal balance between developing practical applications and analyzing fundamental principles.
Mathematics majors develop the sought-after ability to solve problems and the flexibility to adapt to changing technologies. Our graduates are highly skilled in these areas and well suited for employment in many fields. Recent graduates have become actuaries, engineering and computer consultants, financial analysts, teachers, insurance agents, laboratory technicians and research assistants, and many Mathematics majors choose to attend graduate school in math or related fields.
Strong majors may be invited to complete an independent study guided by one of our engaging and nationally recognized faculty members. Recent projects include group theory, combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry, topology, dynamical systems, financial calculus, fluid dynamics, and representation theory.
Because the field of Mathematics is universal, students enjoy exceptionally diverse study-abroad opportunities. Recent majors have studied abroad in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, England and Egypt.
Mission: The Department of Mathematics offers both a major and two minors. In addition, we support the general curriculum of the College by offering mathematical courses that are of interest to students in a broad variety of academic majors. We are dedicated to instilling in our students the capacity for thoughtful engagement with quantitative, geometric, and logical reasoning. As they progress through the mathematics curriculum, students are expected to become increasingly adept at developing conjectures, constructing correct proofs and refuting weak ones, creating and using mathematical models to describe physical phenomena, and working with abstract structures.
This is an exciting time in Computer Science at Franklin & Marshall. We have been joined by three terrific professors in the last several years, and the College has officially approved the new major!
Mathematics and Computer Science are closely connected with the emerging Bioinformatics program at Franklin & Marshall.