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Mathematics

Mathematics majors at Randolph College gain problem-solving and analytical-thinking skills and the practical background needed to pursue a career or graduate study in mathematics.

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Why Study Mathematics at Randolph?

Randolph provides a “learning-by- doing” atmosphere, with an emphasis on written analysis, where students discover the usefulness and intricacies of mathematics and related fields.

Both the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in mathematics are offered, as is a minor.

The department offers a computer science program with a bachelor of science degree and minors in computer science and data science.

The department also offers independent study courses where students can learn about how mathematics applies to such fields as economics and business, political science, psychology, biology, chemistry, cryptology, linguistics, physics, and general science.

Degrees offered

Mathematics major (BA)

Mathematics major (BS)

Computer Science and
Mathematics major (BS)

Mathematics minor

Computer Science minor

Data Science interdisciplinary minor

Curriculum and Courses

Related Programs

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Physics

Opportunities for Experience

Summer Research students work professor.
Math professor Michael Penn, Gillian Golda ’22, and Noah Carney ’22 at work on their Summer Research project - diving deep into symmetries in mathematical objects. Read more...

Summer Research Program

Spend the summer working closely with a professor and focused on a specific aspect of mathematics.

Randolph’s intensive eight-week Summer Research Program enables students to work with professors on a research of their own design; live in a residence hall on campus, participate in on-campus summer events, attend special seminars with guest speakers; and share the progress and results of their research.

Learn more about the Summer Research Program.

Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Modeled after a traditional academic conference, the SAS brings together students of all disciplines to share the results and highlights of the best work being produced at the College –  oral presentations, readings of creative works, performances, exhibitions of student artwork, and poster presentations.

Learn more about the Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

Internships

Learn by doing – in the field and on the job.  The Career Development Center will help place you in positions with leading companies and organizations in your field of study.

Learn more about internship opportunities.

Unique Experiences

Outcomes

Historic Preservation Law

Janie Campbell ’12, history major
Preservation Consultant, law firm of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

Janie’s group works with developers seeking tax credits for rehabilitating historic properties.

“I work closely with project architects to ensure that historic, character defining elements of each building are preserved and restored, which can vary tremendously as what is significant to a 1929 airplane hangar is vastly different from what makes a 1963 mid-century modern motel unique!”

She writes National Register of Historic Places nominations and Historic Preservation Certification applications, which detail the property’s significance.  She also conducts site visits to ensure work is being completed as described and photographs the before, during, and after conditions of each project.

“Randolph certainly laid the foundation for my research and writing skills. The Summer Research Program, in particular, prepared me for the type of place-based research I do now. “

Opportunities

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College 18th for most accessible professors in the 2020 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 385 Colleges.

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for three consecutive years.

Mathematics Faculty

Marc Ordower

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Michael Penn

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Jasmine Wan

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Only at Randolph

Randolph students can take advantage of unique programs which give them a more enriching education than can be found anywhere else.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Randolph graduates learn to think critically, solve problems and work well with others. They are prepared to succeed in all aspects of life.

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TAKE 2

Two courses per half-mester means you get to focus in and dig deep into your coursework while still having time for the rest of the college experience. Two classes. Seven weeks. Repeat.

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The Randolph Plan

Randolph students work with faculty mentors to explore a broad range of disciplines as they chart their academic path.

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Money for Your Research

The Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program provides every student a $2,000 grant to fund research, creative work, experiential learning or other scholarly pursuits.

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Department News

Summer research looks at symmetries in mathematical objects

Their project involves vertex algebras, an important class of mathematical objects that serve as a bridge between seemingly disparate areas of mathematics and quantum physics—from number theory to string theory.

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Making it count: Randolph math professor finds success on YouTube

At the beginning of 2020, he had 1,000 subscribers, which grew to 50,000 by the end of that summer and continues to climb. At the end of March, he had more than 135,000 subscribers and was averaging 1.5 million views a month.

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Randolph computing programs receive grant to increase gender diversity

Randolph College’s computing programs have received a boost from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

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Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: Aisha Downs Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in […]

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Innovative equations: Randolph senior helps local business develop new process during internship

HVAC equipment heavily relies on closed-loop feedback systems. In order to maintain desired aspects like temperature, water flow, airflow, and humidity, you must understand and configure three process variables from a complex differential equation. The process is not easy and requires field tuning via trial and error.

Read More

Summer research looks at symmetries in mathematical objects

Their project involves vertex algebras, an important class of mathematical objects that serve as a bridge between seemingly disparate areas of mathematics and quantum physics—from number theory to string theory.

Read More

Making it count: Randolph math professor finds success on YouTube

At the beginning of 2020, he had 1,000 subscribers, which grew to 50,000 by the end of that summer and continues to climb. At the end of March, he had more than 135,000 subscribers and was averaging 1.5 million views a month.

Read More

Randolph computing programs receive grant to increase gender diversity

Randolph College’s computing programs have received a boost from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Read More

Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: Aisha Downs Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in […]

Read More

Innovative equations: Randolph senior helps local business develop new process during internship

HVAC equipment heavily relies on closed-loop feedback systems. In order to maintain desired aspects like temperature, water flow, airflow, and humidity, you must understand and configure three process variables from a complex differential equation. The process is not easy and requires field tuning via trial and error.

Read More
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Department Chair

Marc Ordower

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Credentials:B.A., University of Waterloo
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Associated Departments:Mathematics
Email:mordower@randolphcollege.edu

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Dr. Ordower received his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Waterloo, where he was a Descartes Scholar, and his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the 1994 Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 at Stony Brook. Dr. Ordower has both taught and directed the Mathematics Division at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. He was a visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A & M University before coming to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2002. He has published articles in the fields of Linear Algebra, Operator Theory, and Graph Theory.

While at Randolph College, Dr. Ordower has advised several successful candidates for Honors in Mathematics, directed Summer Research students in Mathematics, and administered the Virginia Tech and Putnam Mathematics Competitions at the College.

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Jasmine Wan

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Credentials:B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Ph.D., University of Idaho
Associated Departments:Mathematics
Email:jwan@randolphcollege.edu

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