Math has been called the “Queen of the Sciences,” and for good reason. We all use math every day!
Math, at heart, is about finding patterns in the world around us, studying them by making conjectures and then proving them. These patterns could be about numbers, but there is much more than that.
When an airline company needs to plan its flight routes across the country, they need to find a mathematical pattern. When an artist wants to make a sculpture or painting that uses symmetry (say, of the human body, or a tree, or a cube), that symmetry will follow a mathematical pattern. When a chemist needs to understand how different molecules will fit together to form chemical bonds, a mathematical pattern will govern how this works. When a lawyer makes an argument to a jury or reads a legal document, a pattern of logic will be behind the scenes, making it work.
The mathematics major at Merrimack College prepares students for a wide range of opportunities, including careers in government, industry, education and further study in graduate school.