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.

Courses You Might Take

MAT 160

Calculus III


A study of the differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables together with an introduction to vector calculus.  Topics include partial derivatives, directional derivatives, gradients, tangent planes to surfaces, double and triple integrals, change of variables…

MAT 355

Abstract Algebra I


An introduction to the theory of groups, rings and fields. Topics include normal subgroups, quotient groups, homomorphisms, Cayley's theorem, permutation groups, ideals, the field of quotients of an integral domain, and polynomial rings.

Mathematics 150 and one…

MAT 150

Linear Algebra


An introduction to systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, and eigenvectors in an interactive learning environment provided by the computer algebra system Mathematica. Applications are chosen from linear programming, least squares approximation, graph theory, cryptography, computer…