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Major in Mathematics
Learn the language of the universe.
Understanding mathematics provides you with a deep understanding of the world around us — and how to improve it. As a math major at Clark, you can contribute to mathematical knowledge for its own sake (“pure” mathematics), or apply your knowledge of math to solve problems in fields such as chemistry, physics, engineering, economics, and computer science.
With a math mindset and a math skill set, you can collaborate with experts in other disciplines. Increase fuel efficiency. Predict weather patterns. Analyze world economies. Whether you focus on pure or applied mathematics, you will graduate with indispensable skills that lead to careers in fields as diverse as software engineering, finance, actuarial science, and teaching.
Why Study Mathematics at Clark?
- Benefit from a supportive community that is collaborative, not competitive, where you can grow your skills and knowledge with the help of faculty and peer mentors who want you to succeed; you can give back by becoming a peer learning assistant yourself.
- Participate in research from your first day at Clark by joining our Diving into Research Group. All math majors are encouraged to undertake independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.
- Challenge yourself at regional and national competitions (individually or as part of the Clark Math Team), including the prestigious Putnam Mathematics Competition.
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The Major Path
A total of 10 courses, as well as two semesters of Honors Calculus, are needed to complete the mathematics major. Our course flowchart, combined with one-on-one faculty advising, will help you plot a path through the major based on your beginning level of preparation and interests. Areas of focus are pure mathematics; applied mathematics, including mathematical biology and statistics; actuarial science; and teacher preparation.
If you’re considering a career teaching mathematics at the high school level, we encourage you to check out the Noyce Scholarship program.
Skills you will learn include:
- How mathematics can be applied to nearly every aspect of modern life
- How to think at multiple levels of detail and abstraction, and apply that to construct and analyze systems
- How to work as part of a team to solve problems
Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Award
During your junior year, you might be accepted into the mathematics honors program. Joining the program means you’ll work closely with a professor to create a thesis on a topic of your choice. Examples of recent honors theses topics are:
- Visual Application of Group Theory
- Axiomatic Origami
- The Root System F4 and its A2 Subsystems
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The Clark Experience
We structure our curriculum around Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), which connects classroom learning with action through world and workplace experiences.
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Introduction to Stochastic Modeling
Stochastic processes use randomness to model dynamics of events in fields like the physical and social sciences, finance and business. Study their properties mathematically and by implementing them in code.
Describe spaces like surfaces, curves, and manifolds using this branch of mathematics that draws on advanced techniques in calculus and algebra, and has applications in physics, architecture, and economics.
Research often relies on linear regression to predict the relationship between one or more variables and a response. Use real-world examples to explore and model applications of this statistical technique.
Diving into Research: The Mathematics Behind Gene Regulation
In this yearlong course, explore the interface between mathematics, computer science, and molecular biology by designing simple experiments and deriving equations to model gene expression in a developing organism.
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