Mathematics Department Located in Robinson Hall

The study of mathematics has provided many opportunities for recent majors. They have pursued careers as analysts with consulting firms, as actuaries, as financial analysts in the banking and finance arenas, as teachers, and as software developers. Other majors have pursued advanced degrees in mathematics, computer science, economics, engineering, law, and medicine.

During their four years at W&L, mathematics majors learn to "walk and talk" in such fundamental areas of mathematics as single and multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, modern abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, geometry, topology, mathematical statistics, graph theory, and numerical analysis. By "walking and talking," we mean that our goal is for our students to be not only technically sound, but also conversant in mathematics. Each year, several of our majors participate in summer research, either at W&L or at other universities. Since 1990, our students have written four software packages, developed five websites, published seven expository papers, and authored or co-authored twelve articles appearing in prestigious professional journals such as the American Mathematical Monthly, Linear Algebra and its Applications, and the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

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What You Can Do With a Math Major:

Just like most history majors don't become historians, most math majors don't become professional mathematicians. So what can they do?


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mitchell '17 Wins Phi Beta Kappa's Goehring Award

At its March 19 convocation, the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University gave Stephen C. Mitchell Jr. '17 the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award.

From l. to r.: Chris Flight ’16, Zack Dubit ’17, Cathy Wang ’15, Professor Elizabeth Denne and Emily Jaekle ’16 put the finishing touches on a level-two Menger Sponge.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Building Blocks

A large paper cube, seemingly composed of symmetrical cutouts, sits on a table at the entrance to the Washington and Lee University Math Department in Robinson Hall. On closer inspection, it turns...

Edward Stroud and Chris Curfman

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Kemper Scholars Selected from W&L This Year

Christopher Curfman, of Altoona, Pa., and Edward Stroud of Shreveport, La., first-year students at Washington and Lee University, have been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class...