Mathematics

Mathematics

The word “mathematics” is derived from a Greek word which means “that which can be learned.”  Mathematics is a discipline where the facts can be known by the student’s own effort.  Arithmetic and geometry were two of the original seven liberal arts, and the ancients considered mathematics a necessary preparation for higher learning.  The study of mathematics reveals order and beauty, and the practice of mathematics develops an ability to attend carefully.

At Ave Maria University the program in mathematics is strong, flexible, and effective.  The required courses provide a solid background in writing proofs, programming, and applying mathematics to phenomena.  The major can be combined with other majors such as economics, finance, physics, or biology.  Our alumni have gone on to graduate programs in mathematics, physics, software engineering, business analytics, statistics, and biology.  We also have alumni who have worked in accounting, business consulting, insurance, the military, secondary teaching, and software engineering.

Our coursework provides a solid foundation in theory, practical application, and computation. Our students gain an appreciation for the power and beauty of mathematical thought within a Catholic liberal arts tradition. Our alumni leave us with the intellectual skills and habits of mind to prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

"We are told that it is faith which constructed the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Without doubt, but faith would have constructed nothing at all if there had not also been architects; and if it is true that the façade of Notre Dame of Paris is a yearning of the soul toward God, that does not prevent its being also a geometrical work. It is necessary to know geometry in order to construct a façade which may be an act of love.... Everything is worth the trouble of being well done that is worth the trouble of being done for God."
-E. H. Gilson Intelligence in the Service of Christ, Christianity, and Philosophy (1936)