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.

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Ceiling Exception Request

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science does not keep "waiting lists" for classes, however, by the end of the first week of classes, the chair will make any ceiling exceptions on a case-by-case basis. If you think a MAT or CSC course should be considered for a ceiling exception, please complete a request.

Ceiling Exception Request

Courses You Might Take

MAT 360

Topology

Instructor
Tamagawa

An introduction to metric and topological spaces. Topics include concepts of completeness, compactness, connectedness, fixed point theorems, knot theory, and classification of surfaces. 

Prerequisites
One of Mathematics 220, 230, or 255. (Offered Spring of even-numbered years.)

MAT 315

Numerical Analysis

Instructor
Neidinger

Survey of methods to approximate numerical solutions of problems in root-finding, differentiation, integration, curve-fitting, differential equations, and systems of equations. Derivations, limitations, and efficiency of different algorithms are considered. 

Counts towards the Mathematics major and minor.
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MAT 150

Linear Algebra

Instructor
Wiedemann

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…