At Amherst College, the study of mathematics and statistics covers a wide range of pure and applied topics. 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, as well as many of the social sciences.

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 either major.

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Professor Tanya Leise Memorial Fund

The Math & Stats Department created a donation fund in memory of Tanya Leise, the first woman mathematician tenured at Amherst College, who passed away in January. Select a priority for your donation and leave a comment on our fund page.

Mathematics Faculty


Back row: Miriam Kuzbary, David Zureick-Brown, Nathan Pflueger, Michael Ching, Ryan Alvarado, Gregory Call, Aamir Rasheed, Ivan Contreras, Yongheng Zhang. Front row: Joe Kraisler, Amanda Folsom, Xiaoqian Gong, Jessica Sidman, Kathy Glista, Danielle Benedetto, Rob Benedetto, Katherine Moore. Missing: Harris Daniels, Chris Elliott

Statistics Faculty

Statistics faculty group shot outdoors.

Back row: Kathy Glista, Brittney Bailey, Kevin Donges, Nick Horton, David Cox. Front row: Shu-Min Liao, Katharine Correia, Amy Wagaman, Pam Matheson

Student Teaching

Teaching Opportunities

We’ve collected information on teaching as a summer experience, teaching after Amherst as a career, and taking a semester studying away to focus on mathematics education in Budapest.

BSME: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education

Study Away

Many mathematics and statistics majors study away in their junior year. Interested? See a mathematician or statistician in the department in the spring of your sophomore year to make plans.