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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.


(USA Today College Guide 2017)

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.

"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

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.

Meet some of our faculty

Jeffrey Jauregui

Jeffrey Jauregui

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Duke University
Special interests: Geometric analysis, general relativity

Christina W. Tønnesen-Friedman

Christina W. Tønnesen-Friedman

Ph.D., Odense University
Special interests: Differential geometry, Kähler geometry

Ellen Gasparovic

Ellen Gasparovic

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Special interests: Computational geometry and topology, differential topology

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Special interests: Set theory, logic, simple games, social choice, mathematical political science

After Union

Software developer, Allscripts

Associate, Credit Suisse

Associate vice president, Barclay's Capital Inc.

CRM applications account manager, Oracle Corp.

Teacher, Fairfield Public Schools

Actuarial analyst, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Attorney, Berenzweig Leonard, LLP

CAMD lab coordinator, Brigham and Women's Hospital