Meet Your Major

As a mathematics major, you’ll learn to apply mathematical concepts and techniques to real-world problems. 

Our dynamic curriculum at Merrimack College will expose you to a variety of theoretical and applied topics in mathematics and will enhance your problem-solving abilities. It will arm you with the skills and concepts you need to recognize and understand patterns in the world around you and apply that understanding in a wide range of professions.

As a mathematics major, you’ll also improve your ability to think critically and reason logically — skills anyone needs to become a responsible, informed citizen.

Hands-On Learning

You will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on senior honors projects or undergraduate research, in areas including complex analysis, knot theory, sports statistics, recreational mathematics and math education.

Recent projects include:

  • “Visualization in Complex Analysis”
  • “Does Having Home-Field/Home Court Advantage Make You a Winner?”
  • “Conditions for Obtaining Nontrivial Knots from Collections of Vectors”

Read: Students and Faculty Construct a Revenue Model for Watts Water Technologies

You may also gain valuable experience by working at the Tutoring and Math Center or serving as mathematics fellows supporting instruction in our introductory courses for nonmajors.

Career Options

As a mathematics major, you’ll be well equipped to pursue advanced studies in the field or to begin a career in industry, science or education. Recent graduates’ positions include:

  • Analyst, Electric Insurance
  • Analyst, Product Management at Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Marketing analyst, Sovos Compliance
  • Cost estimator, Hanscom Air Force Base
  • High school math teacher, North Andover High School
  • Middle school math teacher, Garfield Middle School
  • Funding coordinator, Forward Financing, Peabody

What You’ll Take

All mathematics majors take a combination of these required and elective courses to satisfy the 48-credit course requirement in the major. The bachelor of arts in mathematics requires 124 credits overall. 

Required Courses

MTH 1314

Discrete Mathematics

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220

Differential Equations

MTH 3335

Linear Algebra

MTH 4336

Abstract Algebra

MTH 4343

Real Analysis

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Problem Solving with Programming OR
Problem Solving with Python

Elective Courses

Add enough additional credits of mathematics electives (2000 level or higher) to reach a total of 48 credits in the major. 

MTH 2423

Topics in Geometry

MTH 2527

Probability and Statistics I

MTH 2528

Probability and Statistics II

MTH 2644

Combinatorics

MTH 2650

Knot Theory

MTH 3400W

Readings in Mathematics

MTH 3623

Topics in Combinatorial Geometry

MTH 3701

Modeling and Simulation

MTH 3725

Numerical Analysis

MTH 4600

Topics in Mathematics

MTH 4645

Complex Analysis

MTH 4800

Directed Study

MTH 4850

Directed Research

Note: We strongly urge you to take additional mathematics electives and two semesters of a natural science. In order to graduate, in your senior year you will be required to take the Mathematics Major Field Test, administered by the Educational Testing Service.