• Math and Computational Science Programs

    In the seventeenth century, French philosopher and mathematician Descartes dreamed of a world unified by mathematics and believed he had seen the future. Today mathematics permeates nearly every aspect of the world -- as a tool for nearly every discipline and as a theoretical science. Therefore, an appreciation for the beauty and the utility of mathematics is essential to a liberal education.

    Hamline’s mathematics department facilitates growth in both areas by working with other departments to encourage the development of skills needed for study in other disciplines and by fostering an appreciation of mathematics for its own sake.

    Majors may choose between a bachelor of science degree (BS) or a bachelor of arts (BA) degree. Those students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics or a career that makes substantial use of math (for example actuarial science, biomathematics, or operations research) should obtain the BS. Students who intend to use their degree for other careers may wish to pursue the BA degree.

    Hamline also offers a minor in computational science. Often confused with computer science (the study of computers), computational science uses computers to perform research in other fields. For example meteorologists use computational science to predict the weather; biologists to invent new medicines; and product developers to create new products. For those students who enjoy problem-solving, the computational science minor is an excellent addition to the mathematics degree. Hamline also offers a minor in education for students who plan to teach math at the K–12 level.

    The mathematics department emphasizes independent and collaborative research. Students often present their findings at national conferences where they also network with professionals in the field. Internships are encouraged, as the Twin Cities is home to countless government and nonprofit organizations and businesses, including 30 Fortune 500 companies. Because math is used by disciplines as diverse as physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, economics, astronomy, business, and anthropology, majors have a wide array of internship and career opportunities. 

    Math majors and any students interested in math can compete in the annual Mathematical Association of America North Central Section Mathematics Competition.

    Because mathematics touches almost all disciplines, math majors enjoy a wide variety of career options, including: mathematician, teacher, actuarial science, statistics, biotech, cryptography, business and finance, software engineer, computer systems analyst, engineer, accountant, economist, philosopher, meteorologist, medical laboratory technician, and astronomer. Read more about life after Hamline.


    MATH 3890: Number Theory

    This course will develop the properties of integers, especially the properties of prime numbers, beginning with the Peano axioms and show how the structure of prime numbers is reflected in the structure of the groups Zn. 

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    Math majors study a broad range of mathematical issues. Recent research has included: why the three classical Greek problems (squaring the circle, doubling the cube, and trisecting an angle) cannot be solved; how Google computes the rank of pages; Godel's incompleteness theorem; and Rousso’s take on Kuratowski's Theorem.

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