Mathematics is more than just the theory of numbers. It discovers tools from which a quantitative understanding of our world is made possible. Moreover, the language of mathematics is truly a universal language, transcending ethnic, societal, and national boundaries. Finally, mathematics also is a critical filter, opening doors to exciting and high-paying careers in business, government, teaching and research.
Students majoring in Mathematics at St. Mary’s University are exposed to the theoretical foundations of mathematics and experience its applications in a variety of disciplines. Innovative teaching and learning environments allow students to develop critical thinking and general problem solving strategies.
In addition, our mathematics graduates understand the power and usefulness of computers equipped with graphing and symbolic algebra. Classroom assignments enhance the students’ abilities to communicate mathematics effectively—both orally and in writing. Students have the opportunity to hear about current research and present their own research at the undergraduate mathematics seminar.
Internships for mathematics majors often are available in San Antonio at USAA (particularly in actuarial science) and Southwest Research Institute (in mathematics, statistics and mathematical programming). The National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., has a summer internship program in mathematical cryptologic problems for math majors.
Other experiential opportunities include research programs at Louisiana State University, the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University, the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate at Rice University, and the Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates at the University of Puerto Rico.
The Mathematics Club often presents speakers so that students benefit from personal interaction with pioneering individuals in the field.
Students who major or minor in math are able to enter almost any professional sphere — from IT to finance, from business management to medicine and law — due to mathematicians’ habits of logical thought and careful abstraction.
Ian Martines, Ph.D.