Mathematics

Why should I study Mathematics at Agnes Scott?
A major in mathematics is excellent preparation for professional employment in a variety of areas such as business, technology and acturial science; for teaching at the secondary school level; and for entry into medical or law school. The program is designed to give mathematics majors a solid background for graduate study, not only in mathematics but in related areas as well.

What will I study?
Mathematics majors take a combination of courses in the Mathematics Department in addition to fulfilling the college’s general education requirements.

Students typically begin the major as a first-year student in Calculus I (Math 118) or Calculus II (Math 119). Students who have AP or college-level credit in calculus should meet with the chair of the Mathematics Department to discuss appropriate placement. After the two-semester sequence in calculus, our program introduces the central building blocks for advanced topics, including three courses titled The Art of Mathematical Thinking, Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus. In addition to a variety of specialized courses (including Abstract Algebra), students learn to use mathematical software and to appreciate its role as a tool in the study and application of math. Courses are designed to develop each student’s ability to work with abstract ideas as she meets some of the major themes and profound ideas in modern mathematics.

What can I do with with this degree?

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Mathematics major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the abstract nature of theoretical mathematics by working with abstract concepts and constructing proofs;
  • exhibit proficiency in the computational techniques of calculus and linear algebra;
  • demonstrate skills in problem analysis and problem solving, both individually and collaboratively;
  • use mathematics as a tool for solving real-world problems;
  • demonstrate the ability to use technology wisely, adapt to new forms of technology, and make use of technology as a tool and expression of their mathematical ability.

The study of mathematics will develop your ability to analyze problems, as well as to understand and use the theory and techniques of mathematics. You will acquire the skills and mathematical tools needed in the application of mathematics as you prepare for professional employment or academic advancement. As a graduate you will have many options. For example, you can:

  • Continue your academic study in graduate, law or medical school
  • Teach math in secondary schools
  • Become a professional mathematician
  • Become a statistician or cryptologist for the United States government
  • Work as a systems analyst or actuary in the corporate world
  • Work in biostatistics, mathematical biology, public health and a wide variety of other research areas in the sciences that use mathematics

Requirements for the Mathematics Major

  • Mathematics 118, 119, 204, 206, 220, 321 and 480.
  • At least three additional 300-level courses selected from at least two of the following groups: (331, 352), (314, 317), (309, 311, 325 and 328).
  • The minimum number of credits required to fulfill a mathematics major is 38.
All mathematics, mathematics-economics and mathematics-physics majors are required to take an exit exam: the Mathematics Major Field Test from the Educational Testing Service.