Pattern and form surround us—from the branching angles of blood vessels and the complexity of computer algorithms to inventory scheduling and the four-dimensional geometry of our universe. The pure expression of pattern and form, mathematics provides the language for science.

Many disciplines have been virtually transformed by the infusion of mathematics, so that alongside the traditional field of mathematical physics, one now finds disciplines such as mathematical biology, mathematical ecology, mathematical economics, mathematical linguistics and mathematical psychology.

  • The logical and precise yet intuitive and creative habits of mind instilled by the serious study of abstract mathematics
  • Celebrating the special joy of March 14
  • Pondering questions like “how many twin primes are there?” 
  • Puzzles and patterns
  • Creating and building computer models and apps
  • Mastering the language for science and being more articulate in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and economics
  • Economics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theater art
  • Religious studies


Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Actuarial science, economics, accounting, finance/investing, econometrics, business/management, information technology, consulting, secondary and higher education, software engineering

Recent employers include...

Apple, Google, Epic Systems, Northwestern Mutual, LinkedIn, Pixar, Nintendo, ING Bank Turkey, US Bank, Intel Corporation, Amazon, Stanford University,  JP Morgan Chase, Citi

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Mathematics, computer science, business (MBA), economics, music performance, physics, health & medical administration services

Recent schools include...

Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue, Wisconsin, Oregon State, University of Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan 

Three majors

To reflect the diversity of modern mathematics and its applications, we offer a major in mathematics as well as an interdisciplinary major in mathematics-computer science (core math major with additional focused courses in computer science), and, in conjunction with the economics department, a major in mathematics-economics (core math major with additional focused courses in economics).

A deep curriculum

Elective coursework in mathematics allows you to focus your major to prepare for a variety of directions after Lawrence: pure and applied mathematics, operations research, computer science, statistics and actuarial science, engineering and secondary teaching.

Geometry in the humming of strings … music in the spaces of spheres

Pythagoras was right: mathematics and music go hand in hand. Not surprisingly, our mathematics major fits well into the 5-year double degree program, leading to a B.A. from the college and a B.Mus. from the conservatory. 

Fluency in the universal language

Deepen your mathematical (and intercultural) fluency with study abroad programs focused on math, including the Budapest Semester in Mathematics, Math in Moscow and the Lawrence University London Centre.

Components of the Major

  • Mathematics major

  • Complete or place out of Calculus I, II, and III
  • One from: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra; Applied Combinatorics; Probability
  • Foundations of Algebra
  • Foundations of Analysis
  • Four upper-level mathematics courses drawn from the following: pure mathematics; computer science; operations research; applied mathematics; actuarial science; engineering; secondary teaching
  • One computer science course
  • Senior Experience
  • Mathematics-Computer Science

  • Complete or place out of Calculus I, II, and III
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Intermediate Programming Concepts
  • Introduction to Data Structures
  • Applied Combinatorics
  • Foundations of Algebra
  • Programming Languages
  • Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
  • Theory of Computation
  • One additional upper-level math course
  • Two upper-level computer science courses
  • Computer Science Senior Seminar
  • Mathematics-Economics

  • Calculus I, II, & III
  • Probability
  • Foundations of Algebra
  • Foundations of Analysis
  • Optimization OR Mathematical Statistics
  • One mathematics elective
  • Introductory Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Three upper-level economics electives

More than 70 mathematics and computer science courses are offered through the department.

The Chandler Senior Experience

As a senior you will engage in a one-term independent study, working on a topic of your choice under the guidance of a faculty member (or two if you are in the math-computer science or the math-econ majors). You’ll demonstrate your ability to learn and apply mathematics with little supervision and to clearly and cogently express this knowledge both verbally and in writing.

Recent Senior Experiences include:


Bayesian Statistics

Group Theory and Physics

Linear Programming and Economic Analysis

Machine Learning

Mathematical Logic and Advanced Set Theory

Non-Euclidean Geometry

The Four Color Theorem


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