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Mathematics Major

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To understand mathematics is to speak the language of the universe.

As a mathematics major at R-MC, you'll find a curriculum devoted to helping students develop a capacity for and appreciation of intellectually demanding mathematical thinking through courses in both theoretical and applied mathematics. You'll also be studying toward one of the most versatile of the liberal arts degrees, which can support careers in a wide variety of fields.

A Major That Adds Up

The mathematics major challenges you to master an academically and intellectually rigorous mathematics curriculum while it prepares you for a range of options for your future. You might be interested in a mathematics double major to complement a science major or business major. You might be thinking of continuing your studies by pursuing an advanced degree in the field. Or you might be interested in teaching and will appreciate a curriculum that offers coursework leading to elementary- or secondary-school certification in mathematics.

Independent Research

The advantageous student-faculty ratio at Randolph-Macon College supports intellectual curiosity and inquiry by encouraging qualified students to participate in independent study or research projects in close collaboration with their professors. Many students then present the results of their work at R-MC's annual research day. With the support of his professors and National Science Foundation funding, Eddie Tu '11 was able to participate in an 8-week research program in computational complexity and graph theory of mathematics at James Madison University. Reflecting on the experience, Tu noted, "It was a challenging program, and I was afforded this amazing opportunity with the help of my Randolph-Macon math professors, who prepared me in my abilities to carry out mathematical research."

Travel Study

Math is everywhere, and so are R-MC mathematics faculty and students, thanks to a strong study- and travel-abroad program. Mathematics Professor Adrian Rice regularly leads a History of Mathematics January Term travel course to England. And in 2015, Mathematics Professor David Clark and his students spent a month learning about the many aspects of Japanese mathematics. Students spent a week on campus studying the techniques, important scholars, and historical context of traditional Japanese mathematics before traveling to Japan.

Beyond R-MC

With an R-MC degree, where do math majors find themselves? Andrew Wills '09 is a graduate student in mathematics at Virginia Tech, Kaitlin Long Ray '08 teaches mathematics at a middle school, and Michelle Kutcher Mertens '08, who earned an M.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia, is a tax accountant manager at KPMG.

Student Success

Jordan Hunt '12, a Mahopac, NY native, transferred to Randolph Macon because of the enthusiasm she saw in the students when she toured the campus. Soon after Hunt settled in at R-MC, she got involved with clubs and events on campus. Along with being a mathematics major, Hunt was also a member of the softball team for three years, making the ODAC All-Academic Team for each of those years. In addition, Hunt made the Dean's List for her three years at R-MC. She also received the Douglas W. Foard Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award and was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society.