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As a mathematics major at Mary Baldwin University, you will gain an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics as well as an understanding of the analytical, practical, and technical skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market, as a classroom teacher, in industry, or in graduate school. The programs in the department are clustered around the following emphases.

  • Mathematics education
  • Working in industry
  • Graduate study in mathematics, engineering, or statistics
  • Graduate study in biomedical engineering or mathematical biology

Students can pursue a BS or BA with a major in math. Math also is available as a minor.

Why study mathematics at Mary Baldwin University?

Our faculty are deeply committed to teaching and strongly committed to student growth both academically and personally. Whether it’s calculus, differential equations, probability theory, or graph theory, you will explore important ideas as your professor carefully constructs a rich classroom environment that leads to a high level of both instrumental and relational understanding of the subject. Outside the classroom there are opportunities for mathematics majors to participate in MARCUS and/or MAA student conferences. At the end of your sophomore year, you may choose to participate in a Virginia Academy of Science Meeting, either presenting a paper or a poster. At the beginning of your senior year, you may choose to participate in SUMS, an undergraduate research conference held at nearby James Madison University. In addition, there are a wide variety of cultural and educational resources in the Staunton area.

The Math Club is hosting a “penny war” to vote on selected Mary Baldwin professors to pie or be pie’d by other professors on Pi Day (3/14)! Stop by Hunt Dining Hall during the lunch and dinner periods from March 10 – March 13 to participate! Donate pennies, nickels, or dimes as votes for the professor to get pie’d or quarters (or dollars) as votes against it. The professor with the most votes will be pie’d by the professor with the least amount.

Jennifer, Class of 2016, a Mathematics major at Mary Baldwin, attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates this past summer at the University of Toledo, Ohio. This was an opportunity for a small, select group of undergraduate students from across the nation to participate in research projects. Jennifer’s project was entitled, “Modeling and Simulating Gold Nanoparticle Interactions on a Liquid-Air Interface.” She presented her findings in her Numerical Analysis class.

My REU experience was absolutely wonderful! I feel as if I’ve learned and accomplished more than I would have if I had just taken summer courses instead. At an REU, you have to teach yourself the necessary skills and techniques, but your project advisor helps make sure you don’t get too lost!… You get to also meet new people and take part in tons of different events. What’s not to love?”

Anneliese, Class of 2015, an Applied Mathematics major at Mary Baldwin attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Valpraiso University, Indiana. The project Anneliese worked on was entitled, “Mathematical Modeling in Ecology: What Killed the Mammoth?” Anneliese presented her research at the Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics conference at James Madison University and the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I met so many wonderful people that summer (both other undergraduates and professors from around the country), and I learned so much math. Not only did I learn about modeling, but I learned about so many other cool math concepts and topics during lectures, presentations, and lunch conversations … It was the best summer I’ve had yet.”

Priyanka, Class of 2012, a mathematics minor, attended a summer workshop on the Application of Mathematics to Physiology and Medicine at Duke University. There, she studied a mathematical model of arsenic detoxification. Priyanka was accepted to the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College with a full fellowship.


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John Ong

Associate Professor of Mathematics; BE, University of Malaya; MS, MA, University of Kansas; MS,...
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Christy Lowery-Carter

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, MAT, Averett University; EdD Liberty University
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Jonathan Bayer

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; MS, PhD, Old...
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Joseph Johnson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, BA, Western Michigan University; MA and PhD, University of...
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