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Bonnie Amende
Joe Mailhot
Carol Overdeep
Katherine Porter

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Joseph Mailhot, chair

Mathematics Program (Major)

Department overviewMathematics (M.)Computer science (M., m.)

What is the Mathematics Program?

Mathematics is beautiful and exciting, especially if you can successfully apply your gift for numbers to solutions that greatly benefit the common good. The mission of the Mathematics Program at Saint Martin’s University is to provide mathematics majors with a strong foundation in traditional mathematical skills, provide support to other majors, such as engineering, in which solid math skills are a mandate and help liberal arts majors develop an appreciation for the crucial role mathematics plays in modern society.

Why study mathematics at Saint Martin's?

The mathematics faculty members bring to the classroom a broad range of hands-on expertise in areas that include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Numerical Methods
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Real and Complex Analysis

Faculty members also bring students with them to regional conferences, where students are given the opportunity to present their research in a professional setting. A well-established, math tutoring program provides reliable help to struggling students, as well as employment for student tutors. The small student/teacher ratio allows the faculty to provide one-on-one working relationships with students to further strengthen and expand their mathematical skills.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate mathematics website.

What can I do with this major?

The top 15 highest-earning college degrees share a core factor -- mathematics, according to a PayScale statistic cited by the Mathematics Association of America. Mathematics opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities. See below for a sampling:

  • Engineering
  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics Education
  • Operations Research
  • Biomathematics
  • Finance
  • Cryptography
  • Statistics
  • Physics

Our graduates frequently find employment in secondary schools, insurance firms and the financial or computing divisions of large companies.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

The Mathematics Placement Exam* will identify the course number(s) of the introductory math course(s) for which the student is best prepared. All students take the Mathematics Placement Exam if they do not have acceptable AP scores and/or transfer credit for prerequisite courses.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics:

  • 29-35 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • 34-35 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics:

  • 17 semester credits of Lower-Division Courses
  • 28-29 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

Minor in Mathematics:

  • 11 semester credits of Lower-Division Courses
  • 12-14 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

*Policy on placement exams and retakes.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of mathematics courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Internship opportunities vary! Previous internship opportunities have been available with H&R Block, the Department of Revenue, Costco, and Target.

Related fields of study

Computer science (M., m.) | Engineering | Education | Business | Physics | Chemistry (M., m.) | Biology (M., m.)

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