• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.

The Hartwick Approach to Mathematics

The Hartwick Mathematics Major urges students to ask their own questions, and provides them not only with an understanding of mathematical principles and the application of those principles to their questions, but also with the ability to think logically and express themselves precisely and creatively. Mathematics majors at Hartwick are strongly encouraged to learn to work independently and pursue their own interests within the major—in fact, they are required to complete two advanced directed studies with faculty members. 

Hartwick Mathematics majors enjoy extensive one-on-one contact with faculty members and have the opportunity to take full advantage of the faculty’s wide expertise as it intersects with their own interests and curiosity.  It is very common for mathematics majors to have a second major or a minor in fields such as computer science, economics, biology, or physics, and faculty members will work with those students to help them gain the mathematical background crucial for success in those areas. 

Students who wish to pursue a special area of mathematics in greater depth may do so by taking additional courses in that area and by completing independent study with a faculty member in an area not specifically covered in class. Among the areas available for such study are numerical methods, mathematical modeling, operations research, probability, statistics, topology, graph theory, geometry, discrete mathematics, and the history of mathematics.