Majors & Minors
From creating a mathematical model of the optimal free throw in basketball to effectively timing cancer treatments, you’ll learn to creatively apply theory across the curriculum.
Dr. Fumiko Futamura with Sarah Friday '20 and Jordan Smith '20 doing SCOPE 2019 research on lifting defective matrices for diagonalization to calculate matrix powers. (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
Students unwinding with games at a Math Club meeting in the Chapman-Whitmore Lounge. (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
EQUIP 2019, with student coordinators Joel Martinez, EQUIP 2016 and Mercedes Gonzalez, EQUIP 2017, evening coordinator Jamar Keaton and professors Dr. Alison Marr and Dr. John Ross. (Photo credit: Southwestern University)
Fulfilling Southwestern’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning, the Math Department empowers you to discover new ways of seeing and engaging with the world around you, from predicting national healthcare expenditures and determining the best position for viewing a painting to analyzing traffic accidents and visitations to a national park. With the guidance of faculty mentors and the ability to complement your studies with interdisciplinary minors such as data science and design thinking, you will have the flexibility to tailor your elective courses to suit your career goals.
As a math major or minor at Southwestern, you will be empowered to make a positive difference in the world. You will hone your critical and creative thinking through such courses as Graph Theory and Real Analysis. And you will have multiple opportunities to combine your interests in math with your passion for the arts or community service. Our recent students have
- Used hyperbolic geometry to crochet models of Texas coral reefs
- Analyzed the structure of the Choose Your Own Adventure series using graph theory
- Composed a musical performance modeling how the HIV virus proliferates through the body
Collaborating one on one with our award-winning faculty on innovative research is just one advantage of the SU experience. As mentors and advisors, our professors will also encourage your engagement with the broader mathematics community: many of our current students and alumni have showcased peer-reviewed presentations and posters at regional, national, and international conferences; earned awards; and coauthored journal publications. You will also get to participate in exciting national competitions, such as the Mathematical Association of America’s Putnam Competition, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and the Binance Dexathon. Our alumni have gone on to premier graduate programs as well as fulfilling careers in a range of fields, from finance and programming to education and data analysis.
Featured Alumni Stories
With Energy to Spare
Recent physics graduate Mike May ’20 demonstrates how taking risks by learning outside your major is crucial to becoming a leader in innovation.Read Full Story
“The Best of Both Worlds”
For student–athletes Ben Patterson ’17 and Michael Patterson ’17, the Southwestern Experience included a foray into entrepreneurship.Read Full Story
Representative Carter and Southwestern University Announce $1.5 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation
The grant will help attract, retain, and graduate students with high financial need who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.READ FULL STORY
A Close-Knit Community
Faculty, staff, and STEM majors crocheted together virtually all year, culminating in an on-campus exhibit and a new student organization.READ FULL STORY