Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Amherst College!


Mathematics and statistics are rich areas of inquiry ranging from pure abstractions to concrete applications. At Amherst College, the study of Mathematics includes both its pure and applied aspects as well as offerings in Statistics. The language of Mathematics is remarkably powerful and flexible, and the modes of thinking learned in Statistics can yield remarkable insight into the many numbers that pervade modern life. The ideas of Mathematics and Statistics are not only beautiful and valuable in themselves but also relevant to many other disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, and Physics.

Our introductory course offerings include Calculus, Linear Algebra and Applied Statistics. For students interested in Mathematics as a liberal art, we also have courses such as Number Theory, Mathematical Modeling, and Discrete Mathematics. In these courses, suitable for majors and non-majors alike, students learn the power of applications and enjoy the satisfaction of constructing rigorous proofs. For students who wish to inquire more deeply into the subject, a major in Mathematics or Statistics offers a full range of courses, together with the possibility of doing a senior honors thesis in Mathematics or Statistics




The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is located in the Seeley Mudd Building and shares many resources with the Departments of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Amherst College Box 2239
P.O. 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2100 (Dept Office)
(413) 542-2550 (FAX)
Seeley Mudd 202

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