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Department of Mathematics

Why Study Mathematics?

  • Study math and you will love the challenge of problem solving, the rigor of a carefully constructed proof and the beauty of a precise mathematical argument.
  • Study math because it is the very best way to develop critical thinking skills. Your logical reasoning and problem-solving skills will make you invaluable to every team you join, regardless of discipline.
  • Study math and you gain access to traditionally high paying careers in software engineering, finance, insurance, as well as emerging careers in data analysis.
  • Study math to help make sense of the world around you. Change the world and have fun doing it!

Why Study Mathematics at SUNY Potsdam?

Experience Great Academic Programs

Easy to Double Major

At only 33 Required Credit Hours, the math major pairs well with many other majors and minors

BA/MA Program

A nationally recognized program, it is an opportunity for strong and highly motivated students to earn B.A. and M.A. degrees in just four years at the cost of undergraduate tuition.

Applied Math Minor

It answers the question “Where will I ever use this?” by strengthening students’ mathematical training for other disciplines.

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Be Part Of A Close-Knit Community

Rich Professional Opportunities

Do research with faculty, do an internship, attend local and national math conferences, and more

The Reading Room

A fun place for students to gather every day, work together, solve problems, play games, and share interests. Make friends for life!

Supportive and Encouraging Faculty

Professors who are passionate about teaching and mathematics work with students one-on-one to support their intellectual growth.

The SUNY Potsdam Department of Mathematics fully supports the statements from the Mathematical Association of America on Black Lives Matter, and from the National Association of Mathematicians on the death of George Floyd.

Success Stories

Jeanne Kimmich Roberts '80

After only three and a half years at SUNY Potsdam, Jeanne Kimmich Roberts '80 earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, along with a minor in economics and a grade 7-12 teaching certificate. Despite her initial plan to teach, Jeanne accepted a software engineering job after college, which propelled her into a distinguished career in software systems and national security. In 1994, she established her own firm, Kimmich Software Systems, Inc. Jeanne recognized that her success would not have been possible without her education at SUNY Potsdam. In 2013, she and her husband, Ray, endowed the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship to support academically talented female students pursuing a degree in math or computer science at SUNY Potsdam.

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Laura Wessing '15

In four years, alumna Laura Wessing graduated summa cum laude with a double major in computer science and mathematics, as well as getting a master’s degree in math through the BA / MA program. In that time, she completed three internships, two of which were with the U.S. Air Force. Now she leads the quantum algorithms team at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y.—overseeing complex research on quantum bits.

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Paul Dougall ’20

Paul Dougall ’20 is a true Renaissance man. Now in his last year at SUNY Potsdam, he is completing not only a degree in music business, but two separate degrees in mathematics as part of the Department of Mathematics’ BA / MA program—a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to graduate with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics at the same time. Over the summer he landed an internship at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center where he was able to incorporate all of those disciplines. 

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Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20

Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20, a double-major in mathematics and Spanish, is the recipient of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship. The Roberts established their scholarship in 2013, designating it for academically talented female students pursuing a degree in math or computer science.

As she enters her final year at Potsdam, Veliz Calderon recognizes that her college experience would not have been the same without the generosity of Jeanne ’80 and Raymond Roberts, the donors of the Jeanne Kimmich Roberts Scholarship, which she has received for the past three years. A mathematics major herself, Jeanne says, “We wanted to help someone else go to SUNY Potsdam and major in the areas I was involved in. It makes us happy to help students who might not be able to go to Potsdam without a scholarship.”