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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Actuarial Science
  • Corporate Research
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Statistics

Mathematics is the science of patterns: pattern recognition, pattern description, and pattern explanation (proof). Because pattern analysis plays an important role in most analytical work, mathematical skills are widely applicable. The Department of Mathematics at Washington and Lee maintains a rigorous major program, which helps to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers.

Program Highlights

  • Senior majors, responding to the exit-inteview question “What are the strengths of the mathematics program?”, frequently respond “The professors," citing their accessibility, clarity of instruction, helpfulness, friendliness, and high level of knowledge.
  • Students experience mathematics as a creative art as well as a useful tool in modeling and exploring physical and social processes.
  • Most 300-level courses are writing intensive.
  • Each year, several of our majors participate in summer research, either at W&L or at other universities.
  • Since 2000, students have authored or co-authored ten research papers, most of which have appeared in prestigious professional journals such as Linear Algebra and Its Applications,
  • Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, and Physical Review A. Alumni credit the analytical skills developed by the mathematics major for helping them both to gain employment and to succeed in their work.
  • Since 2005, alumni of the department have earned PhDs in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, The University of Michigan, The University of Chicago, and Washington University. In 2008, another alumnus earned a DrPH from UNC at Chapel Hill.