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About Mathematics

Our mathematics faculty are skilled and dedicated teachers who pursue scholarly interests in pure mathematics (especially in algebra, algebraic geometry, and combinatorics), applied mathematics, and statistics. We offer a wide variety of courses and have recommended sequences of courses for students interested in going to graduate school in theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics education. Our statistics and applied- and discrete-mathematics offerings are growing fast. In addition to our interesting and challenging courses, students have many opportunities to participate in the math community outside of the classroom, from independent studies and faculty-student research, to travel to regional and national mathematics meetings and conferences, to participation in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, to membership in Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society. 

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Mathematical Models in the Social and Management Sciences
  • Problem Solving In Mathematics
  • Calculus I–III
  • Probability and Statistics
  • History of Mathematics
  • Differential Geometry
  • Introduction to Topology
  • Complex Analysis

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

From independent studies and collaborative research with faculty members, travel to regional and national meetings and conferences in mathematics, to participation in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, to membership in our active campus chapter of the national mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon, there is plenty to do in addition to taking classes.

Recent independent Studies: Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory; Exponential and Ordinary Generating Functions; Social Pressure and the Modeling of Penalty Outcomes in the National Football League; and Exploring the Relationship between Oil Drilling and Socioeconomic Indicators using a Longitudinal Data Approach

Recent research projects/honors theses: An Exploration of the Geometry of Equidistant Sets; Elliptic Curve Cryptography; Nilpotent Orbits for Borel Subgroups of Simple Algebraic Groups; Branching Processes and the Extinction Time of the Family Female Line; Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid; Modeling Fluid Mixing in the Ocean; Symmetry in Knitting; Polynomial Number Theory; Elliptic Curves in Public Key Cryptography; Modeling Time Dependent Electroosmotic Flow; Straight Line Embeddings in Graphs; and Toward a Discrete Calculus

Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference: Skidmore is a founding institutional member of the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference ( ), one of the largest mathematics conferences in the country designed for undergrads. It attracts more than 300 participants and every year Skidmore helps organize the conference and sends a healthy contingent of faculty and students to present their work.  

Popular study abroad programs: University of Melbourne (Australia); Skidmore in Spain: Madrid and Alcala; and Skidmore in London, University College London (England) 

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Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Info technology manager, Aetna Life & Casualty, Hartford, Conn.
  • Optimization analyst, AppNexus, NYC
  • Director of quality and certification, B/E Aerospace, Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Senior vice president, Bank of America, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Director, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, NYC
  • GIS technician, City of Boulder, Boulder, Colo.
  • Manager, Manhattan Control Center, Con Edison, NYC
  • Risk analyst, Convexity Capital Management, Boston, Mass.
  • Software consultant, Electronic Data Systems, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Deputy chief dealer, foreign exchange, Federal Reserve Bank of N.Y., NYC
  • Senior VP, Frontier Capital Management Co., Boston, Mass.
  • Analyst, Goldman, Sachs, NYC
  • Director of finance, GWG Life, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Associate professor/mathematics, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
  • Physics teacher, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua, N.Y.
  • Controller, Hydro Honing Laboratories, East Hartford, Conn.
  • Systems analyst, IBM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Computer systems analyst, JP Morgan, Columbus, Ohio
  • Lead systems engineer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Actuarial analyst, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Boston, Mass.
  • Managing director, aerospace and defense, Merrill Lynch, NYC
  • Director of computer services, Monroe College, Bronx, N.Y.
  • VP of equity derivatives, Nomura International, London, England
  • Software engineer, Raytheon, Tewksbury, Mass.
  • Math/compunter science teacher, Ridgefield High School, Waterbury, Conn.
  • HRIS analyst, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, N.H.
  • Hosted operations manager, Sterling Commerce, Lowell, Mass.
  • Environmental engineer/air quality specialist, Tetra Tech, Boulder, Colo.
  • Comptroller, Credit Network, Framingham, Mass.
  • Math teacher, Hun School of Princeton, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Policy analyst, U.S. Department of Treasury, Washington, D.C.
  • Associate professor, Departmennt of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Senior UNIX/Linux engineer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass.

Graduate Schools: A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in finance
  • Clemson University, M.S. in physics
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Tech
  • King's College, London (England), M.S. in mathematics education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University, Ph.D. in mathematics
  • Tulane University, Ph.D. in mathematics
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas at Austin, M.S. in computer science
  • University of Washington, Seattle, M.S. in computer science
  • Yale University


Meet the Mathematics faculty members.