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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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A degree in mathematics will prepare you for a range of career options in business, industry, government and education. Companies in the computer and communications industries employ many mathematicians, as do energy, pharmaceutical, insurance and financial services companies. The Mathematics major offers new concentrations in:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Data Science
  • Mathematical Structures and Applications
  • Mathematics for Teachers
Department Chair:
Dr. Marsha Davis
Science Building Rm. 152
(860) 465-4592
(860) 465-0479
Assistant Chair:
Dr. Megan Heenehan
Science Building Rm. 166
(860) 465-5009
(860) 465-0479
Virtual Appointment
Math Foundations Coordinator:
Dr. Kim Ward
Science Building Rm. 154
(860) 465-4544
(860) 465-0479
Ms. Cheryl Le Beau
Science Building Rm. 168
(860) 465-4510
(860) 465-0479
professor showing how to configure a problem on a math calculator
a group of students at a math honor society gathering
professor in front of a white board explaining a graphed diagram
professor working with a class on the use of counting blocks in a classroom

Programs of Study

  • The Mathematics major provides a solid foundation in computational and theoretical mathematics. New concentrations in Mathematical Structures and Applications, Data Science, Mathematics for Teachers and Actuarial Science provide Eastern math majors with the background and skills they need to compete in today’s job market.  Mathematical Sciences faculty members perform research in mathematical biology, number theory, data science, analysis, graph theory, topology, and mathematics education and curriculum development.  A mathematics minor is also available for non-Math majors. In addition, their is a math concentration in the Liberal Studies major for early childhood and elementary education teaching candidates.

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  • Students in Eastern’s interdisciplinary Data Science program receive training in statistics, computer science, business analytics and geospatial information systems. They learn fundamental Python, R and SQL programming skills. Data-based team projects provide opportunities for students to apply data science tools and techniques as well as develop collaboration and communication skills. Students also complete a portfolio of their work by graduation. Students may choose between a B.A. and a B.S.; Bachelor of Sciences students must take one of four concentrations in Mathematics, Business Analytics, Geographic Information Systems or Computer Science.

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  • Recognized by Colleges of Distinction and ranked number one in New England by the National Council on Teacher Quality, The Elementary Education major at Eastern prepares entry-level professionals to teach in elementary school classrooms. Teacher candidates gain competence in pedagogy; academic content areas; educational technology; and knowledge integration, while demonstrating how to create learning environments to support student diversity. Eastern’s program includes liberal art core electives, a dual major in a subject area, and hands-on student teaching experiences. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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