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MATHEMATICS

Why Choose Mathematics?

Our modern world is built on mathematics. It is at the heart of advances in business and technology and is essential to all scientific endeavors. Mathematicians create, discover, teach, and extend our understanding of the world.

Our small, interactive classes give you personalized attention. Our lab meetings and capstone seminar develop your collaboration, communication, and technological skills. Math majors at EC form a tight-knit community that is ready to succeed in a wide range of careers.

What Mathematics Will Teach You!

Majors take core courses in calculus, statistics, discrete math, and linear and modern algebra, as well as a capstone seminar. Specialized tracks prepare you for graduate school or a career in education or industry.

Most of our courses include a lab where students collaborate on activities designed to improve their conceptual understanding and highlight applications.

Through our curriculum and research opportunities, you will hone your communication, writing, and presentation skills.

Where Mathematics Can Take You!

The mathematics major offers two career-related tracks. Our Education Option is designed for students seeking future careers in teaching and our Mathematical Sciences Option is designed for students seeking careers in business, industry, and government.

A mathematics degree also helps prepare students for graduate school, law school, or medical school. In fact, students within the mathematics major tend to score higher on graduate entrance exams such as the GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT.

Why Choose Mathematics?

Our modern world is built on mathematics. It is at the heart of advances in business and technology and is essential to all scientific endeavors. Mathematicians create, discover, teach, and extend our understanding of the world.

Our small, interactive classes give you personalized attention. Our lab meetings and capstone seminar develop your collaboration, communication, and technological skills. Math majors at EC form a tight-knit community that is ready to succeed in a wide range of careers.

What Mathematics Will Teach You!

Majors take core courses in calculus, statistics, discrete math, and linear and modern algebra, as well as a capstone seminar. Specialized tracks prepare you for graduate school or a career in education or industry.

Most of our courses include a lab where students collaborate on activities designed to improve their conceptual understanding and highlight applications.

Through our curriculum and research opportunities, you will hone your communication, writing, and presentation skills.

Where Mathematics Can Take You!

The mathematics major offers two career-related tracks. Our Education Option is designed for students seeking future careers in teaching and our Mathematical Sciences Option is designed for students seeking careers in business, industry, and government.

A mathematics degree also helps prepare students for graduate school, law school, or medical school. In fact, students within the mathematics major tend to score higher on graduate entrance exams such as the GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:


Full-time Faculty:

Students majoring in mathematics have the time and opportunity to travel abroad during Term III at Elmira College.

Honor Society:

  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Alpha Rho Chapter

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • Abraham Shabanowitz Mathematics Prize - The Abraham Shabanowitz Mathematics Prize was established by Professor Emeritus Harry Shabanowitz in memory of his father to be awarded to a graduating student showing outstanding achievement in the field of mathematics and holding an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • Hypatia Mathematics Prize - The Hypatia Mathematics Prize is named after Hypatia of Alexandria and established by Patricia Opp McMahon '66 to be awarded to a female junior who exhibits enthusiasm for
    mathematics and the desire to share that passion with others through education or other career endeavors in order to recognize more women for their interest and competency in this important field of study. Award is chosen by a committee comprised of the Departments of Mathematics and Education.

Internships:

Students pursuing the Mathematical Sciences Option have obtained internships with potential future employers. Students pursuing the Education Option complete student teaching to satisfy their internship. Our majors also have the opportunity to participate in a research experience at Elmira College to satisfy their internship.


Career Opportunities:

Students with a degree in mathematics have numerous employment opportunities and enjoy high incomes and job satisfaction in their careers. Our recent majors have gone on to pursue careers in industry as data analysts, data scientists, and survey analysts, as well as careers in education as middle school and high school teachers. Some of our graduates have also gone on to earn master's degrees and Ph.D.'s in mathematics and related areas.

Caitlin Wasielewski '15

Mathematics and Adolescent Education

EC helped prepare me for my future because I learned how to clearly and concisely communicate mathematics concepts. I still remember writing my first paper for Dr. Jacobson and he explained the importance of less is more when talking about math. This helped me as a teacher. I feel like I am able to explain mathematical concepts to students clearly and concisely, which is important, especially in upper level courses such as Pre-Calculus and Calculus.

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Chris Konow '18

Chemistry and Mathematics

Majoring in Mathematics at Elmira College provided me with a deep knowledge of analytical skills and techniques that I was able to use immediately for PhD-level research. The faculty were incredibly supportive and helped push me to think harder and more deeply about a variety of problems, which I still try to do today.

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Dylan Crawford '16

Adolescent Education, Mathematics, and Business Administration

You will have to work hard at it, focus, put in extra work on some concepts, or else you won't make it. I also had to start looking at Math in a different light in ways that I never really thought about, which was definitely a challenge for me. However, these different ways of thinking and analyzing that I learned in the program have allowed me to excel in my career.

Karina Hastings '19

Mathematics

The math program at EC is a close knit community. Professors and classmates were always eager to help the people in need out of a pure love for math! I couldn’t have asked to be a part of a better math program to help lead me to a career I truly love.

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Kelcey Crawford '18

Chemistry

It is okay to wait a year and work in the professional workforce for a couple of years before deciding what you would like to get your degree in. I took two years before deciding to go back to school and I am now working full time and getting my Master’s degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from John’s Hopkins University.

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Melanie (Zachritz) Yenman '15

Mathematics and Adolescent Education

The math labs that are a part of the math course are just awesome. I really felt that helped teach us how to explore and discover math concepts, more deeply than traditional hw. This is such a key practice of my grad school experience and now my career. Being in the purple bubble, I was later surprised to find out that not all undergrad programs have that. The Math seminars of senior year also really helped develop the ability to independently study specific math topics, which is a good taste of grad school.

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Will Bernard '14

Mathematical Sciences, Psychology

Have a thirst for continued knowledge and growth, both professionally and personally. The true masters of their trades are eternal students. Secondly, be well rounded. While Mathematics is absolutely vital in aviation, I find myself using my education in Psychology just as much when interacting and leading those around me. Having a well-rounded education helps us better understand the world around us and our place in it.

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Zachary Machuga '15

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Mathematics Minor

When I started at Elmira College, I was honestly intimidated by the idea of the Mathematics program. I thought that it would be too difficult, or that I didn’t have enough prior knowledge to be successful. However, I had an epiphany at the end of my Sophomore year where I realized that I was taking out loans for my one and only chance to make the most of my college education. From that point forward, I challenged myself to take every difficult class that I could think of (starting with Calc III), and it really is the credit of the Math department for launching me on that track. I would advise any future students to accept the same challenge .