Carroll has one of the most state-of-the art mathematics programs in the country. Affiliations with West Point and Harvey Mudd College via Project InterMath have led to a unique approach to teaching and integrating mathematical topics.
Concepts are threaded together in and between classes so that students have a deeper understanding of how different branches of mathematics are intertwined. Working individually and in groups, students are challenged to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems. In order to develop expertise in an area of applied mathematics, Carroll math majors take courses to complete a cognate concentration in a field of interest.
Students can select from biology, business and economics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, secondary education, or work with their advisor to develop a plan unique to their interests.
The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and its sister contest, the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), provide great opportunities for students to focus on problem solving skills in a real-world environment. Problems come from research areas of applied mathematics related to many fields – business, environmental sciences, and sports are a few examples. Student teams are given 96 hours to analyze a single open ended problem, develop a model of the problem, solve the model, and write a report. Carroll’s faculty meet with student teams weekly in the months before the competition to help them prepare for the unique nature of this international contest.
Major Program Requirements
MA 131 Calculus of Single Variable Functions
or MA 121-122 Differential and Integral Calculus
MA 232 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra I
MA 233 Multivariable Calculus
MA 301 Foundations of Mathematics
MA 328 Modern Applications of Discrete Mathematics
MA 334 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra II
MA 336 Probability and Statistics I
MA 341 Probability and Statistics II
MA 342 Numerical Computing and Visualization
MA 366 Junior Seminar
MA 401 Abstract Algebra and Applied Geometry
MA 421 Optimization
MA 4xx Honors Thesis/Senior Project (for a total of at least 3 credits)