The goal of the mathematics major at Saint Anselm College is to provide our students with the necessary tools to pursue the great variety of career opportunities that exist for mathematics majors today, such as actuarial science, finance, and education.

Students may also major in math with economics or pursue teacher certification in math with the Education Department.

Mathematics majors are able to take advantage of independent studies with faculty members and participate in active research programs with faculty members covering:

  • mathematical physics
  • the dynamics and mechanics of strings and masses
  • geometry
  • topology
  • stochastic processes
  • graph theory
  • probability
  • ergodic theory
  • dynamical systems
  • statistics

Mathematics is the quantitative language of the sciences and social sciences. Thus, we welcome students of other majors and encourage communication and cooperation between departments. Students who are interested in teaching math may find additional information on the education web site.

Majors and Minors

The Department of Mathematics offers students the choice of two majors:

The objectives of the Mathematics curriculum are: to develop the attitude of mind required for efficient use and understanding of mathematics; to enhance student ability to problem-solve with the aid of quantitative models; to use technology to provide stimulating opportunities for the student to experience mathematics independently as a pattern-seeking science; and to provide sufficient background for further studies in mathematics and related disciplines.

Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.

Spotlight on Alumni

  • Developing Innovative Web Tools - Jon O'Reilly, Class of '13


    Creating an e-reader application or a predictive personalized algorithm are all in a day's work for Web developer, Jonathon O'Reilly, of the class of 2013.

    The math major, computer science minor, works at where he was hired upon completing an internship with the organization the spring semester of his senior year. is an online Christian book distribution company that sells books, e-books, music, and more. It is the largest religious catalog company in the world, sending out more than 65 mailings of unique catalogs to millions of customers each year. The Boston Globe named the local organization the fifth best place to work in 2011 and the 14th in 2012.

    On campus, Jon was captain of the men's lacrosse team and named Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Dean's List six times, inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student Athlete Honor Society, and a member of Saint Anselm College's TAU Chapter of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society.

    He won the Paul S. Coleman Service Award for the athletic department in 2012 and was also a Presidential Scholarship recipient.

    He was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, an altar server at the Abbey Church, a New Student Orientation Leader, and worked in the Academic Resource Center Tutor and Mentor Program.