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Mathematics

Mathematics is the language of science, and therefore lies at the heart of all scientific endeavors and applications in business, industry, or the arts. Mathematicians are those scholars who teach others how to use mathematics, as well as those who create new mathematics, extending the mathematical tools available to scientists and others. The role of mathematicians in our modern world is thus a crucial one; society expects its mathematicians to understand available and relevant mathematical tools, to creatively use those tools to solve problems, and to effectively communicate mathematical ideas to others.

At Elmira College, students majoring in Mathematics take a core of subjects, including the traditional calculus sequence, linear and abstract algebra, statistical methods, and a seminar in their senior year. Those students preparing for a teaching career are encouraged to follow the Mathematics Education option, in which they will take additional courses in mathematics history, in discrete mathematics, and geometry, along with Education courses. For those planning a career in a fields other than education, the mathematical sciences option includes additional courses in calculus, probability, and numerical methods. Students planning graduate study in Mathematics have the opportunity to take additional courses in topology and analysis.

Most Elmira College Mathematics courses include laboratory components in which students work cooperatively and collaboratively on advanced exercises that will put their mathematical and communication skills to the test, using modern educational and productivity software. Beyond the classroom, opportunities for research and attendance at regional conferences are also available for the highly motivated student. The students also enjoy a social aspect to their studies through the Math Club.

Students who have completed the mathematics major at Elmira College have gone on to successful careers in education, industry, and (of course!) mathematics.