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As a mathematics major at Dickinson, you will join a vibrant and supportive community of learners, teachers and scholars. Our department offers pure and applied courses taught by dynamic and award-winning faculty who employ a variety of pedagogical techniques. In addition to being passionate teachers, the mathematics faculty at Dickinson are successful researchers with diverse scholarly interests, giving majors access to expertise relevant to their individual goals.

Among mathematics majors nationwide, Dickinson graduates rank #25 for starting salaries at U.S. bachelor-degree-granting institutions (Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2020)

Our majors are accepted into highly competitive REUs (research experiences for undergraduates) and internships, present at professional conferences and participate in research projects that lead to publications with faculty members. The department hosts biweekly colloquia (Math & CS Chats); regular social functions such as all-ages happy hours, the Welcome Back BBQ and the Tome Tumbler; and the annual Major’s Dinner, at which we present awards and perform honor society inductions.

With a Dickinson mathematics foundation, our graduates have found success in many different careers. Each year, several students pursue graduate studies in mathematics and related fields, while others build outstanding careers as actuaries, consultants, scientists and educators.  

Students who wish to take their first mathematics class at Dickinson or wish to receive credit for a mathematics course taken elsewhere should visit the placement and transfer credits page or the advising guide.  


Contact Info


David RichesonProfessor of Mathematics

Department Coordinator

Tonya Miller






Tome Hall - Rector Science Complex Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • BlackRock
  • Audible
  • General Dynamics
  • BNP Paribas
  • Strategic Research Insights
  • Ernst & Young
  • Enterprise Knowledge
  • Liberty Mutual

Graduate Schools:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Georgetown University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Southern California
  • Michigan State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Audible
  • Blackrock
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Center for Advanced Electronics and Photovoltaic Engineering
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dickinson College / Institutional Research
  • Eli Lilly Asia Inc. Shanghai
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) within Princeton University
  • REU in Educational Data Mining at George Mason University
  • Verisk Analytics

Student Perspective

“A liberal-arts education is more than just getting a degree in a particular major, as it helps you in overall development. I am a computer science and mathematics major, and I was able to use the knowledge I gained from the classes and projects during my internship. However, it was not limited to that as I had an opportunity to take different classes from different departments including businesses and participate in different programs like Innovation Competition. Having these opportunities really helped me to understand the dynamics of an organization properly.”

—Aditi Joshi ’19

Mathematics News

Adding Up AI’s Impact on Health Care

Adding Up AI’s Impact on Health Care

Judith Faulkner ’65, CEO and founder of Epic, shares how she went from math major to programmer to tech entrepreneur, and the impact of AI on her industry.

Graduate Story: Julia Filiberti Allen

Graduate Story: Julia Filiberti Allen '12, Saab Inc.

Former mathematics major Julia Filiberti Allen '12 follows her passion for meaningful research as vice president and chief technology officer for Saab Inc.

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

The female chief information officers from two central Pennsylvania colleges will discuss gender biases in the workplace.

From Calculus to Number Theory

From Calculus to Number Theory

An open mind and an absorbing class inspired Emily Shambaugh '24 to declare a math major. Soon, she took part in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation.

YouTube, Chatbots & Physics Research

YouTube, Chatbots & Physics Research

“Nowhere else could I get as many opportunities as a freshman." Out of the gate, Noah Lape ’26 co-published a paper, contributed to a physics YouTube channel and coded chatbots.

Math Is for Aliens

Math Is for Aliens

Professor of Mathematics and Data Analytics Dick Forrester discusses the universal utility of mathematics, roundhouse kicks and how data analytics holds the promise of true transformation.