“I have had the privilege of being taught by some awesome math professors, but even more, having an amazing adviser like Professor Zwicker. I was unsure about what a math thesis would be like, but my Thesis Adviser Christina Tonnesen-Friedman guided me through the process and was super supportive through it all. My thesis experience in and of itself combines what I value the most – great relationships with my professors.” - Maishka Antoine
Mathematics is one of the oldest learned disciplines, and Union College is one of the first schools in the nation to offer math as part of its curriculum.
The Department of Mathematics is dedicated to helping students develop the ability to reason logically, understand abstract concepts and solve problems, and to producing versatile mathematicians who grasp the complexities in their field.
Math majors at Union take foundational courses such as calculus, geometry and probability, and also choose from courses in cryptology, number theory, discrete mathematics, game theory, knot theory and ancient Greek mathematics.
They work closely with faculty members in a variety of settings and course formats, and engage in research under the supervision of a faculty member.
Students’ independent studies have included advanced topics in real analysis, the mathematical study of voting systems, and mathematical computer graphics.
Mathematics graduates find that their research, reasoning, problem-solving and communications skills serve them well after Union in careers as diverse as accounting, actuarial science, business, economics and engineering. Many pursue degrees in education, law and medicine, and others have been successful in obtaining the Ph.D. degree in math at top graduate schools.
Within approximately five years, Union graduates with degrees in biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and astronomy, psychology are pursuing careers in a range of fields, including:
- Veterinary services
They're finding success at:
- University of Toronto
- JP Morgan Chase & Co
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical
- Quilling Selander Lownds Winslett & Moser
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
- Banfield Pet Hospital
And they are ready for everything as:
- Physical therapist
- Social media strategist