At Elmira College, students majoring in Mathematics take a core of subjects, including the traditional calculus sequence, linear and abstract algebra, statistical methods, and a seminar in their senior year. Those students preparing for a teaching career are encouraged to follow the Mathematics Education option, in which they will take additional courses in mathematics history, in discrete mathematics, and geometry, along with Education courses. For those planning a career in a fields other than education, the mathematical sciences option includes additional courses in calculus, probability, and numerical methods. Students planning graduate study in Mathematics have the opportunity to take additional courses in topology and analysis.
Most Elmira College Mathematics courses include laboratory components in which students work cooperatively and collaboratively on advanced exercises that will put their mathematical and communication skills to the test, using modern educational and productivity software. Beyond the classroom, opportunities for research and attendance at regional conferences are also available for the highly motivated student. The students also enjoy a social aspect to their studies through the Math Club.
Students who have completed the mathematics major at Elmira College have gone on to successful careers in education, industry, and (of course!) mathematics.