Mathematics has a fascinating dual nature. Many study it as an object of endless beauty, interest, and intellectual challenge, while others are motivated by its applications to real-world problems. Increasingly, mathematics is an essential tool for modeling phenomena in the physical, biological, and social sciences. Mathematical literacy is the key to surviving and thriving in the world of technology. At its heart, mathematics is the study of patterns: it is a creative art as well as a logical system. Mathematics has always been a part of the liberal arts core at Wellesley College. One way our students continue this tradition is by combining mathematics with a minor or a double major in another field such as economics, English, classics, or chemistry. Mathematics is excellent preparation for a lifetime of discovering, learning, and applying new knowledge. Most courses meet for three periods weekly or for two periods weekly with a third period approximately every other week.

The mathematics department Web page ( has more detailed course descriptions and information for majors and minors.