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

Instructor
Cameron

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 340

Probability

Instructor
Zhuang

A study of probability theory relative to both discrete and continuous probability laws. Topics include independence and dependence, mean, variance and expectation, random variables, jointly distributed probability laws, Chebysheff's Inequality and a version of the Central Limit Theorem.…

MAT 112

Calculus I and Modeling

Instructor
Tamagawa, Wiedemann
 
An introduction to the differential and integral calculus of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and inverse trigonometric functions with applications including graphical analysis, optimization, and numerical methods. An emphasis on investigating mathematical approaches to describing and understanding change…