Saint Mary's College of California

Majors & Minors

Greetings from our alumni!

dl“After graduating from Saint Mary’s I became involved with the Lasallian Volunteer Program. I currently serve at John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, WI. My primary role at the center is Mentor/Tutor. In this role, I work with high school students in our after-school study hall hours. Our center provides a place where all students from Racine can come and do their homework from 3:30-5:30 and 7:00-8:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Many of our students struggle with basic math skills, and I have the ability to work with these students on various levels of mathematics, and also help them with┬áthe rest of their assignments. However, that is not my only role at John XXIII: during school hours, the center offer outreach programs to the school district. I am involved and helped to develop a 5-week course that focuses on gossip and bullying at the middle school level.
As a Lasallian volunteer, you tend to wear many hats; along with the tutor role and leading outreach programs, I also have two other roles that are very important to the center. The first is most important to me: I have been working with a high school senior, teaching him one-on-one to make up an algebra class credit so he might have the opportunity to graduate on time. The other is geared towards development of the center: keeping track of expenses and donations to the center, and responding to those donations when they come in. It’s a long nine- to ten-hour day of work, but with Lasallian volunteers you are helping to make a difference in many students’ lives and carrying on the mission you learn at Saint Mary’s: Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.”

— Desiree Lopez, SMC Mathematicx Major, Class of 2010

Have you ever considered…

Declaring a major or minor in Mathematics?

Graduates of the Department are active in an extraordinarily wide range of careers and graduate programs.

The power of mathematical thinking — pattern recognition, generalization, abstraction, problem solving, careful analysis, and rigorous argument — is an important asset which is highly valued by employers.

For an idea of what you can do with a math major, check out When Will I use Math?

Declaring a split major in Mathematics?

Can’t choose between your passion for biology and your love of math? Don’t think you can graduate on time with a double major? Try a split major! With a split major in math and a second field, you’ll complete the lower division requirements of both fields, but only have to complete half of the upper division courses in each major. Speak with any math professor for more information.

Completing an honors contract?

Want to learn interesting applications of mathematics? Want to explore a topic not covered in your favorite math class? Try doing an honors course in a math class. Speak with any math professor for more information.

Engaging in summer research at SMC?

Can’t let go of your term project in a math class? Want to experience research in mathematics? Apply for the School of Science Summer Research Program! You can spend 10 weeks in close collaboration with a faculty advisor on a self-designed project gaining first-hand experience with genuine mathematical research. Each participant receives a stipend, housing on campus, and a very rewarding experience! Speak with any math professor for more information.

Applying for an REU?

Want to apply for graduate school? Want to learn and do mathematics with students from around the country? Apply for an REU! Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience hands-on participation in research or related scholarly activity mathematics. There is a wealth of REU programs in the U.S., check out AMS’s list of 2015 REUs.

Working for the Math/CS Department?

You can become a grader, tutorial leader for the math department or staff member at the Student Math Center! These are a good opportunities for students considering entering graduate school, working in education or who just need a part-time job. To find out more, contact Prof. Chris Jones.

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.