Mathematics is the language of the sciences, and the analytical tool of many disciplines.
In its own right, mathematics is one of the finest inventions of civilization, demanding
both creativity and rigor. At Randolph-Macon College, the mathematics curriculum
is designed to serve a broad variety of interests. Courses in calculus, statistics,
modeling, finite mathematics, and logic are available to all students, and provide
one of the cornerstones of a liberal arts education.
Students pursuing the mathematics major or minor are expected to gain an appreciation
of mathematical rigor, the process whereby propositions are logically deduced from
general premises. Such study should enable students to apply greater clarity and
precision of thought to their future endeavors, and promote higher order thinking
and habits of mind suitable for effective problem solving. The curriculum includes
courses in both theoretical and applied mathematics. Each student should be able
to develop a course of study which will serve as the foundation for graduate work
or for a career that requires well-developed analytical skills. A major in mathematics
may lead to graduate study in many fields, e.g. mathematics, statistics, computer
science, economics, or operations research. The program also provides excellent
preparation for a career in law, medicine, business, or engineering.
The Department of Computer Science
is separate from the Department of Mathematics, but it is common for a student majoring
in one discipline to minor in the other. Two of the three faculty members in the
Department of Computer Science hold a Ph.D. in mathematics.