The mathematics program at Rollins goes far beyond working with formulas and numbers. It stimulates curiosity and emphasizes deductive reasoning, creative problem solving, and the clear and precise articulation of results.
As you advance in the major, you’ll acquire a suite of in-demand skills, including making critical observations, understanding concrete and abstract problems, extracting patterns, and creating mathematical models.
Why Study Mathematics at Rollins
A Versatile Degree
A major or minor in mathematics complements a range of disciplines, from business and economics to computer science and education. Rollins math majors also pursue pre-professional programs in engineering, health, and law.
Work with a professor for eight weeks on research that targets your career interests or strengthens your resume for grad school—and get paid. Recent research topics include marketing, risk management, alcohol addiction, and modeling public opinion.
Studying math at Rollins prepares you for an array of exciting opportunities. Many math majors are recruited for internships and research projects early in their college careers. Our graduates are thriving in an array of fields—from engineering and education to finance and government.
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“Most people will tell you that medicine and sociology have little to do with math, but at Rollins I learned to apply math processes to problem-solving in all types of research—and it helps me immensely in my postgraduate work. I can say that collaborating so closely with faculty taught me more than I could have imagined.”
Rollins Mathematics Careers
Rollins mathematics grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative companies and prestigious institutions.
Alexandra DeLucia ’18
High Performance Computing Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Shree Raj Shrestha ’17
Software Development Engineer, Amazon
Jill Beck ’11
Technical Services Engineer, Epic
Grace Soto ’17
Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Raghabendra KC ’13
Assistant Professor of Business, Rollins College
Arden Baxter ’18
PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Real World Experience
From community engagement courses to internships and research, mathematics majors hone their skills in the real world.
The faculty’s personal focus on each student and collaboration with an advisory council comprised of leading industry professionals allows them to continually adjust the mathematics courses to align with leading trends.
MAT 201 Coding Theory
Investigate the means of encoding information in such a way as to be able to detect and correct transmission errors effectively.
MAT 305 Differential Equations
Former students say this class connects all kinds of dots going forward because the concepts can be seamlessly applied to research and systems related to fields like engineering, medicine, and business.
MAT 330 Proof and Abstraction
Discover what it’s like to be a mathematician by investigating why a given statement is true or not true, and learn how to present your proof, orally and in writing.
MAT 340 Models and Algorithms in Graph Theory
Apply graphs and models to problem-solving, growing your expertise in both math and computer science.
MAT 350 Actuarial Mathematics
Explore concepts that can be directly applied to finances. By analyzing the financial cost of risk, you’ll gain an understanding of annuities, interest rates, and other investment vehicles.
MAT 419 Operations Research
Conduct research using probability models and solution methods to dive into real-world problems in all kinds of sectors: science, economics, finance, and management.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins Mathematics Major
“At Rollins, I gained extensive knowledge of problem-solving and analytical skills to solve real-world issues. I learned that I can make a career for myself that is not only challenging and uses my math major but is also impactful in the community.”
Beyond the Classroom
Community Engagement Outreach What do math and community engagement have to do with one another? At Rollins, a lot. Math majors work with elementary school children in underserved communities, study childhood obesity at Rollins’ Child Development & Student Research Center, and help create a more diverse and inclusive community of student mathematicians by participating in a local math festival. Through opportunities like these, you’ll help make our communities brighter while honing your communication, research, and problem-solving skills.
Collaborative Research At Rollins, undergraduates can work side by side with a professor on an original research project through the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program. Not only will you conduct real research, but you’ll also have the opportunity to publish your findings and present at a professional conference. Along the way, you’ll develop the kind of experience that is in demand by both employers and grad schools
Take a deeper dive into mathematics at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.
May 03, 2022
Students in this independent study course experienced firsthand one of the many practical career applications of a math degree: working together to analyze data and find innovative solutions for real problems.
February 28, 2022
The funding will support student-faculty research at both Rollins and the University of Richmond that focuses on opioid use and disease spread.
July 08, 2019
Adis Vila ’74 has been many things in life—a Cuban immigrant, a star pupil, a presidential staff member—and she’s not done yet.
Each professor in the mathematics major brings a subspecialty like graph theory, network analysis, or mathematical biology to align with specific career paths. This is why students are prepared to thrive in a variety of fields.
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Mark Anderson, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
Research interests: Graph theory, preferably on the topological or algebraic side
Zeynep Teymuroglu, PhD
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Research interests: Mathematical biology, network analysis, and mathematics for social justice
Richard Vitray, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
Research interests: Graph theory and inquiry-based learning
Jay Yellen, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Research interests: Graph theory, operations research, and scheduling optimization