Assumption University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science provides a strong foundation for students looking to enter a variety of professional fields and study at the graduate level. Develop your critical thinking and learn to solve problems, skills that are in high demand in today’s job market.

Learning goals:

  1. Students demonstrate reasoning skills necessary to understand and write proofs of mathematical theorems.
  2. Students are able to present mathematical arguments in oral form.
  3. Students demonstrate problem-solving proficiency and mastery of fundamental content knowledge in mathematics.

Study a variety of the fields of mathematics, including calculus, probability, algebra, analysis, and topology. Develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Mathematics is at the foundation of nearly everything we do. From science to business to everyday life, we depend on math to keep our world running.

At Assumption, mathematics students grapple with equations and devise solutions to complex problems under the instruction of our expert faculty. You’ll have the opportunity to study math in a stimulating and supportive environment where you can develop the reasoning abilities and technical proficiency sought after by employers in fields ranging from business to engineering to education. Assumption’s curriculum emphasizes proficiency in mathematics and early, hands-on experience in the classroom. You acquire the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to achieve your teaching license and excel as a classroom teacher.

Learn about Assumption University’s Mathematics Academy Leadership in Teaching Program.

Program Contact

Jessica McCready, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
508-767-7344 Testa Science Center - Room 109

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
2020 Mathematics graduates employed or in graduate school within six months
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Students pursuing a major in mathematics take a total of twelve (12) courses (36 credits).

    The major consists of a total of twelve (12) required courses, which comprise eight specifically required courses, four electives, and an oral comprehensive examination. Students considering a major in mathematics are encouraged to take MAT 131–132 rather than MAT 117–118 in their first year.

    Required Courses
    MAT 131-132/MAT 117-118 Elementary Calculus I and II OR Calculus I and II
    MAT 231-232 Calculus III and Multivariable Calculus
    MAT 202 Discrete Structures
    MAT 203 Linear Algebra
    MAT 401 Mathematics Seminar
    CSC 117 Introduction to Programming

    A minimum of four additional mathematics courses numbered above 200 or PHY 213 Introduction to Engineering. At least two electives must be 300-level courses, including at least one course chosen from:

    MAT 332 Real Analysis
    MAT 351 Modern Algebra I
    MAT 358 Topology

    Senior Math Assessment

    Each mathematics major must pass a comprehensive examination administered at the end of the senior year. The exam is based on material covered in the required courses.

    The required courses are offered every year. Elective courses are offered in alternate years. Students should consult with an advisor in the department to plan their program.

    Additional Information

  • A minor in mathematics consists of six (6) courses (18 credits).

    Required Courses
    MAT 131-132/MAT 117-118 Elementary Calculus I and II or Calculus I and II
    MAT 202 Discrete Structures

    Three additional courses from the mathematics courses numbered above 200 with at least one course numbered above 300.

    Course Descriptions

  • Students interested in the education double major should consult with the chairperson of the Mathematics Department and the Education Program Coordinator in the Education Department to plan a course of study.

    The required courses for the major and the following elective courses address the subject matter knowledge prescribed by the Massachusetts Department of Education for the field of licensure.

    MAT 204 Number Theory (licensure for grades 8–12)
    MAT 208 Probability Theory (licensure for grades 8–12)
    MAT 351 Modern Algebra I (licensure for grades 8–12)
    MAT 353 Advanced Euclidean Geometry (licensure for grades 5–8, 8–12)
    ECO 115/PSY 265 Statistics or Statistics (licensure for grades 5–8, 8–12)
  • Students in mathematics or computer science may choose to take advantage of Assumption’s engineering partnership with the University of Notre Dame, one of the nation’s leading engineering universities.

    • Apply your classroom learning to real-world situations. Over 70% of students completed an internship last year.
    • Benefit from small class sizes that allow faculty to know your strengths and help you achieve your goals.
    • Share your love of mathematics with future students by completing a double major in mathematics and education.
    • Consider a minor in information technology, which will allow you to enhance your resume and make you a valuable asset to any company.
    • Prepare for a successful career as an actuary when you graduate with certifications needed to enter the field.
    • Attend competitive graduate schools such as:
    • Boston College
    • Dartmouth College
    • North Carolina State University
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Jessica McCready, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Associate Professor of Biology
Joseph Alfano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Brooke Andersen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Michael Gioia
Adjunct Faculty/Computer Science
Dana James
Adjunct Faculty Mathematics
Suzanne L. Kozak
Assistant Professor of Practice, Mathematics
Raul Laborde
Adjunct Faculty Mathematics
Karen A. McGrail
Visiting Instructor of Mathematics
Gerald Taylor
Adjunct Faculty in Mathematics

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Pathways to Success

Students may participate in the University’s internship program and spend a semester gaining practical experience. There are two types of internships. Students can earn academic credit by working with an academic advisor and the internship site.




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The Assumption University Mathematics Academy (AUMA)

The Assumption University Mathematics Academy (AUMA) is a weeklong summer day camp for local first and second-year high school students to have fun with mathematics and learn in a hands-on environment. AUMA is directed by Assumption faculty and facilitated by Assumption undergraduates. The Assumption University Mathematics Academy (AUMA)

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