Mathematics
Offered by the Mathematics department.

Understand the central role of mathematics in the modern world.

We have a very friendly, supportive community of students and faculty who believe that mathematics is both beautiful and applicable and is one of pillars that supports Wheaton’s mission as a liberal arts college. You will learn to think like a mathematician at Wheaton, and this will serve you well no matter where your future takes you.

In addition to the traditional courses in pure mathematics, such as Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Real Analysis, we also offer a set of courses that highlight recent developments in mathematics, including sophomore-level courses in Data Analysis, Voting Theory, and Cryptography.

We know that our students have a wide range of interests, so we have intentionally structured our program with enough flexibility that you can easily study abroad and have the space to explore other academic pursuits as well. Our recent Math majors have taken full advantage of these opportunities. Some completed a second major in a discipline you may expect, such as Physics, Economics, Secondary Education, and Computer Science, but others have a second major in an area you may find surprising, such as Psychology, Philosophy, Hispanic Studies, English and French Studies.

We pride ourselves on working closely with our students to help each one find the path that is the best fit for them. This is reflected in the many different directions our majors have taken after graduation. Some have pursued graduate school in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics, and others have chosen careers in business, finance, high school teaching, epidemiology, medicine, law, or technology fields, to name just a few.

We have beautiful spaces for our students and faculty to collaborate that are filled with chalkboards and whiteboards, including an outdoor classroom. Please stop by to visit us on the first floor of the Science Center!

For more information, contact Rachelle DeCoste, Chair, Department of Mathematics.

Programs

Faculty

William Goldbloom Bloch

Professor of Mathematics; A. Howard Meneely Professorship (2015-2020)

Rachelle C. DeCoste

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Emily Fischer

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Michael Kahn

Professor of Mathematics

Rochelle (Shelly) Leibowitz

Professor of Mathematics

Tommy Ratliff

Professor of Mathematics

Ayla Sánchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Janice Sklensky

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Coordinator of Peer Tutoring

Norman Johnson
Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus

Internships

Yajing Zhang

2020, Economics, Mathematics

Keefe Family Foundation Work and Learning Fellows Endowment

Ernst & Young, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China

This experience made me more prepared for the accounting field, and gave me some direction about what I want to do in the future.

Mikayla Pucci

2021, Mathematics, Secondary Education

Molly Shepard '68 and Peter Dean S'68 Leader's Scholar Internship

Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, MA

This internship opened my eyes to all of the work and collaboration that goes into being a successful teacher, and confirmed my career goal to teach high school math. The knowledge I gained developing curriculum will be a huge asset as I begin student teaching.

Claire Archdeacon

2020, Astronomy, Mathematics

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College, Physics Department, Norton, MA

This summer, I worked with Professor Goodman in trying to understand the physical properties of oceans trapped under the icy surface of Jupiter’s moons. We created an experiment to learn about convection cells in Europa’s ocean.

Emily Babb

2020, Business and Management, Mathematics and Economics

The Karman Family Internship Fund

The Ruth Group, New York, NY

I learned through this internship that having a creative outlet in the workplace helps keep me engaged. This internship also helped me eliminate an industry from my career path and illuminated an industry of interest.

Outcomes

100% of Mathematics majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

100%
of Mathematics majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Analyst, In4mation Insights
  • Data Associate, Amazon.com
  • Data Coordinator, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Technology Associate, Liberty Mutual Insurance


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Michigan

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 68% for the classes of 2014-2018