Why Choose Nazareth for Mathematics?

Mathematicians discover patterns, create structures, and transform relationships. Doing mathematics develops your ability to reason logically, organize information, and solve complex problems. Nazareth math majors learn to think creatively, assess options, use multiple perspectives, determine optimal conditions, and clearly communicate technical information. 

Mathematics is both an art and a science. At Nazareth, we teach it with an emphasis on pattern discovery, problem solving, and the integration of diverse ideas. We recognize that there are often multiple approaches in solving complex problems, and we use the language of mathematics as a means of sharing those thought processes. We also make use of current technologies and instructional methods to reveal the beauty, symmetry, and power of mathematical concepts.

Nazareth's mathematics degree program prepares students for teaching, graduate school, and the professional world. Graduates enter careers in the insurance, industrial, financial, and government fields. 

Program Highlights

  • Strong mathematical community that promotes interaction between faculty and students.
  • Dedicated math center for food, fun, and free peer tutoring.
  • Our math program provides a solid foundation for those students earning certification in Adolescent and Inclusive Childhood Education.
  • Options for undergraduate research at our new Integrated Center for Math and Science.
  • Support for travel to professional conferences with faculty and students.
  • Opportunities to compete in local and national mathematics and modeling contests.
  • Active math club for mentoring, community service, and conviviality.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Cheri Boyd

Cheri Boyd

Professor & Chair
585-389-2560
cboyd4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 216
Jessica Burchfield, alumna of the mathematics degree program, math major at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Burchfield '07

“I moved to Cambridge to work at a software company with no computer science experience, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that they hired me because of my problem-solving skills. I owe it in huge part to the support of the math department.”

Example Careers

  • Insurance and risk management
  • Software engineering
  • Professional auditing
  • Process and quality control
  • Statistics
  • Finance and banking
  • Applied research mathematics
  • Teaching

Undergraduate Research Topics

  • The Hat Problem and Hamming codes
  • Impact of anxiety on learning mathematics
  • 4-chromatic unit distance graphs
  • Optimization of snowboarding half-pipe

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Rochester
  • National Security Agency
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Science Applications International Corp.