Mathematics is about mental discipline. It involves thinking about the world in different ways and exercising your intellect like an athlete in training. And if you've got math on the brain, we can challenge you with great faculty, intelligent peers and fascinating coursework.
Congratulations to SJU alumnus Matthew Haines, who is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Augsburg College. He was recently awarded the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America's award for excellence in teaching. Congratulations, Matt!
(Photo by Stephen Geffre, used with permission)
Overview of Program
You are encouraged to take calculus your first semester. If you aren't sure if you are ready, look through the Calculus Readiness Exam.
We emphasize a conceptual understanding of mathematics together with problem solving and analytical thinking skills.
Mathematics is considered a core part of a liberal arts education.
Each year the department sponsors a Pi Mu Epsilon conference, a forum for undergraduates to present original research. The conference for Spring 2016 will be on April 8th and 9th, and the speaker will be Judy Walker.
Every year, mathematics students present at the Mathematical Association of America Student Paper Session. Numerous students have received awards at these meetings.
Student every year can choose to take our Math Topics course which includes many contemporary and non-traditional undergraduate topics. In recent years courses in Mathematical Modeling, Bioinformatics, Differential Geometry and Game Theory have been offered.