About the Department
The study of mathematics is one of the oldest human endeavors. It is the basic language of the natural sciences and engineering, and it is a vital tool in the social sciences, business and the arts.
In addition to learning math itself, students in Bucknell's math program gain writing and speaking skills, and they often conduct mentored research or study abroad. This liberal arts focus produces graduates who are well-rounded, well-spoken and aware of their work's impact in the world.
Students can take courses in:
- pure mathematics
- applied mathematics
- math education
Award-Winning Students and Faculty
Bucknell's students and faculty have received national recognition for their achievements. For example:
- Three students (Dan Cavallaro, Bryan Ward and Ryan Ward) were designated "Outstanding Winners" in the 2010 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. They placed in the top nine out of more than 2000 international teams. || Read more about Bucknell's winners.
- Bucknell teams consistently do well in the annual Putnam Competition, placing as high as 10th among about 400 schools. || Read more about Bucknell's Putnam Team.
- Mathematics faculty members have received numerous grants and awards including recent selection by the National Science Foundation and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
Active Student Organizations
Math students at Bucknell have plenty of opportunities to get involved in math programs and social activities outside of class. || See What’s Happening.
Student-run organizations include:
- Pi Mu Epsilon – mathematics honor society
- MAA – student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America
- Right Angle – for students interested in mathematics education
- Putnam gang – for problem-solving enthusiasts (Meeting every Tuesday evening at 7 in Olin 383 during fall semester 2011. Feel free to drop in!)