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Mathematics

What is this major?
Mathematicians ask questions about all sorts of situations, and then work to understand how careful logic and creative thinking can help them find answers. Sometimes, calculational techniques are developed to help codify the thinking process. But it is the analysis of questions that is the true interest and that can lead to entire new branches of mathematics, and new ways of understanding the world around us. With this in mind, a sophisticated mathematics student understands why the calculations are performed as they are, because learning to develop such an understanding is an important first step toward becoming familiar with the mathematical way of thinking and problem-solving.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • actuary
  • computer programmer
  • engineer
  • accountant
  • statistician
  • financial analyst
  • secondary school math teacher
  • operations researcher
  • applied mathematician
  • mathematical researcher
  • statistical analyst
  • mathematics professor
  • economist
What skills will I improve/gain?
Problem-solving, organizational skills, numerical computation, ability to analyze and interpret data, critical thinking, computer literacy, logical thinking, teamwork, efficiency, systemizing skills, advanced quantitative skills, testing skills

Who employs graduates from this major?
Schools, state/federal government, colleges/universities, engineering firms, banks and investment firms, technical journals, insurance agencies, business and industry, utility companies, research and development firms

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Constant use of technology
  • Students speak at regional conferences
  • Higher than average probability of getting job placement
  • A great deal of individual attention
  • Opportunities to study any area of Mathematics as a directed study
  • Junior Seminar that allows students to practice their speaking skills

Visit the Mathematics Department Web page.

Department Chair
Charles Scheim, 607-431-4736, scheimc@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Gary Stevens, 607-431-4440, stevensg@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.