Legend has it that across the arched entrance to the Academy founded by Plato in 357 B.C. were the words "Let no man ignorant of geometry enter here." Whether or not the legend is true, there is no question of the importance of mathematics at this early institution of higher education. The motto reflects the belief, widely held then and now, that a demonstrated mathematical maturity – a mind trained with logical rigor – is an essential prerequisite for facing the intellectual challenges of advanced education. In addition to training the mind, the discipline of mathematics appeals to our intrinsic sense of beauty and order. As our minds seek patterns and explanations for the patterns we observe, we move inexorably to the world of mathematics.
In addition to its purely aesthetic qualities, mathematics is truly the language of the sciences. While the physical sciences like chemistry and physics have long and obvious connections with mathematics, more and more the biological and social sciences are becoming more quantitative, more modeling-oriented, and simply more mathematical. In today's world, scientists operate largely in the realm of mathematics.
Like all programs in the Honors College, the mathematics program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, with a Concentration in Mathematics. The mathematics program may be tailored for individual students and will constitute an excellent background for a wide range of careers and advanced or professional degree programs. In particular, the course offerings are designed to prepare students for graduate work in mathematics.
Available Options: Concentration in Mathematics; Minor concentration in Mathematics.