The Mathematics Major and Minor at Davidson

The study of mathematics offers a unique and important way of interpreting the world around us, bringing accuracy and rigor to the quest for discovering patterns in observations both abstract and concrete. 

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department intends for majors to acquire a broad and solid base in mathematics enabling both further study and application, and we aim to provide an outstanding undergraduate environment of courses and opportunities. 

We nurture mathematical, computational, and algorithmic points of view in students embarking on a liberal education, desiring skills for other endeavors, and pursuing contemporary ideas in mathematics and computer science.

Students interested in declaring a mathematics major may ask any continuing faculty member to serve as their major advisor, with whom they will meet to complete the Mathematics Major Declaration Form (PDF).

Students interested in declaring a mathematics minor submit the Mathematics Minor Declaration Form (PDF) to the department chair.

Courses You Might Take

MAT 320

Combinatorics

Instructor
Zhuang

The mathematics of arrangements of discrete sets, including binomial and multinomial coefficients, inclusion and exclusion, the pigeonhole principle, partitions and compositions, Stirling and Catalan numbers, occupancy problems, generating functions, recurrence relations, and selected modern topics.

Counts as an…

MAT 235

Differential Equations

Instructor
Staff

A study of solution techniques and models in ordinary differential equations including first order equations, linear differential equations, series solutions, Laplace transform methods, and concepts of numerical and graphical techniques applied to equations and systems. 

Satisfies the Mathematical…

MAT 330

Real Analysis I

Instructor
Staff

The theory of functions of a real variable. Topics include properties of the real numbers, sequences and series, continuity, differentiation, the Riemann integral, and sequences of functions.

Prerequisites
Mathematics 113 and one of Mathematics 220, 230, or 255.  (Fall)