Department of Mathematics

“Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the world around us.  Now much more than arithmetic and geometry, mathematics today is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science; with inference, deduction, and proof; and with mathematical models of natural phenomena, of human behavior, and of social systems”.  

-Everybody Counts: A report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education", (1989) (Mathematical Sciences Education Board)

The Mathematics major at SUNY Potsdam is a strong part of many undergraduate programs – it blends well with engineering, economics, physics, chemistry, computer science and music, among others.  The Mathematics program is based on the belief that students can succeed if they are provided with a supportive environment.  The department faculty strive to offer students careful and considerate teaching, continual encouragement, successful role models, sufficient time to develop intellectually and recognition of achievement.  This approach fosters the type of thinking skills, attitude and discipline that has enabled students to pursue rewarding careers such as banking, insurance, research and all levels of teaching.