A Hallmark of Enlightened Society
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.
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.
Our 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.
Opportunities Above and Beyond
In the Classroom and Campus Community
The Pulse of Math at F&M
While it sounds counterintuitive – making wrong predictions to learn good decision-making – that is exactly how humans think, and it's how a Franklin & Marshall College professor wants artificial...Read More
The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) honored Professor of Mathematics Annalisa Crannell as a "Campus Sustainability Champion" at its recent annual conference. As a Franklin and...Read More
Sauleh Siddiqui '07, assistant professor of civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at the Oct. 22 Math Colloquium Series on transportation fuels and how safety and climate-change...Read More