Saint Mary's College of California



Why study Mathematics?

Humans have been fascinated by mathematics for centuries, for the study of mathematics is a challenging and deeply rewarding endeavor. Mathematics is a liberal art fundamental to a true education as mathematical practices train students to reason and communicate analytically, clearly, and logically. A degree in mathematics also provides an excellent foundation for a wide array of careers and advanced academic studies.

The Mathematics program at Saint Mary’s College prepares graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of the core SMC undergraduate mathematics curriculum.
  2. Communicate mathematical ideas and concepts with precision and clarity in both oral and written forms using mathematical reasoning and symbolic representation.
  3. Undertake independent scholarly investigations using appropriate mathematical resources.
  4. Integrate the use of a variety of technological tools in problem solving.

Why study at Saint Mary’s?

Saint Mary’s College of California is one of the oldest colleges in the Western U.S. It is situated in the peaceful, scenic, and secure foothills of the Moraga Valley. Classes at Saint Mary’s College are small and professors enjoy working closely with students. Our students have access to tutoring, employment, and summer research opportunities in the Department, and our graduates are active in an extraordinarily wide range of careers.

What’s New

The Math & CS Department is seeking applications for the Brother Dominic Barry Math Scholarships, which will be awarded to incoming freshmen in 2016! For information, go to Activities » Math Scholarship Competition.

Math in the Media

The United States has won the Math Olympiad for the first time in 21 years!

Quanta Magazing highlights a new result of Princeton mathematician Maria Chudnovsky regarding the coloring of perfect graphs.