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Diverse and Challenging

A diverse and challenging field of study, mathematics is perhaps best characterized as the “science of patterns.” Almost every scientific pursuit, from biology to engineering to economics, relies heavily (and increasingly) on the use of higher-level mathematics and statistics. As a mathematics major at Le Moyne, you will be exposed to a variety of mathematical topics, with a breadth uncommon for a liberal arts college, by faculty members representing a wide array of specialties. The culmination of your studies will be a senior research project, born of your own interests and completed under the guidance of a faculty advisor; in the past, such projects have occasionally led to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Programs of Study

Mathematics majors at Le Moyne can choose from five concentrations: actuarial science, applied mathematics, education, pure mathematics, and statistics. A mathematics degree is versatile and very marketable. Even if obtaining a job working with mathematics isn’t your ultimate goal, adding a minor in mathematics can go a long way toward setting you apart from other applicants with future employers and graduate school admissions committees.

After Graduation

A major in mathematics prepares you for some of the most highly ranked careers in the country — mathematician, actuary, or statistician. Mathematicians apply mathematical theory and computational techniques to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems. Actuaries use probability and statistics to analyze the risk associated with financial decisions made by business leaders, and are hired in the insurance and financial industries. Statisticians apply their knowledge in a variety of fields, including biology, economics, medicine, marketing, and education.

Mathematics Courses and Requirements

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Mathematics major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

What you will learn

What do we want students to learn? Le Moyne’s mission statement refers to its striving for “academic excellence” through “its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences.” The liberal arts tradition traces its origins back to the trivium, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic, and the quadrivium, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, music/harmonics, and astronomy. In short, if one had to pick a single discipline that embodies the liberal arts in both breadth and depth, then mathematics would have the inside track for selection. Wholly consistent with the College’s mission and the liberal arts tradition, the mathematics department expects its students to learn to think mathematically.

We view mathematical thinking as a union of three complementary elements:

Students should be able to:

  1. Determine what information is needed to solve a problem.
  2. Reformulate a problem to fit existing models.
  3. Ask relevant, pinpoint questions.
  4. See unifying common structure in superficially different problems.
  5. Assess and articulate where sticking points lie.
  6. Formulate a plan of attack for solving a problem.
  7. Make judicious executive decisions about the progress and direction of an attempted solution.
  8. Start problems even when uncertainty and self-doubt are present; obtain partial results.
  9. Distinguish between valid and invalid arguments, including pinpointing logical errors in invalid ones.

Students should be able to:
  1. Exhibit genuine interest in mathematics.
  2. Grow in their appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of mathematics.
  3. Be familiar with the giants of mathematics.
  4. Be familiar with the evolution of major mathematical ideas and developments.
  5. Be able to illustrate what the concept of “elegance” means in mathematics.
  6. Place their own mathematical development in the context of a growing appreciation of mathematical thought and reasoning.

Students should be able to:
  1. Apply the basic techniques of a given course.
  2. Adapt known techniques to new situations.
  3. Extract relevant ideas from examples when the entire example does not apply.
  4. Generalize from one problem to related ones.
  5. Recognize when a given problem fits into a more general context.
  6. Write concise, grammatically correct, valid proofs.
  7. Find and utilize relevant reference material.
  8. Gain verbal and written fluency in the language of mathematics communication.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Professor, Department Chair View Bio
Caitlin Cunningham

Caitlin Cunningham

Assistant Professor View Bio
lifang hsu

Lifang Hsu

Professor View Bio

Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Michael Miller


(315) 445-4368


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 229
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4368