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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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The analytical rigor and career versatility of mathematics make it an outstanding major for engineering, research and development, technology, finance, medicine and law.

Mathematics is vital to problem-solving skills and develops quantitative and statistical reasoning. It teaches you to address topics and questions in a systematic way. You'll be challenged to use logic, theory and creativity to solve complex problems.

It offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school, teacher education and workplace opportunities. Its real-world focus fosters innovative and conceptual thinking across diverse disciplines.

Strong academics, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of BW's program.

You'll supplement classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities that include independent study projects, internships, research and co-curricular activities.

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to impressive networking, internship and career connections at corporations, government and nonprofit agencies, technology firms and more.

Outstanding Graduate School Success

Nearly all BW mathematics majors who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs. The majority of students have received assistantships that cover tuition as well as a stipend for living expenses. Some of the most common areas of study are mathematics, statistics, management science, business and computer science.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

If you would like to become a mathematics teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.

Gain an Edge for LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE

Because it builds strong analytical and problem-solving skills, mathematics offers excellent preparation for the entrance exams required for law, medicine, business, computer science and engineering schools as well as other disciplines. Students interested in these career areas can benefit from majoring or minoring in mathematics.

Mathematics Offers Career Versatility

Mathematics is the underlying structure of knowledge and logic. It is a framework for describing and predicting observable phenomena. It provides techniques for understanding and solving problems.

Mathematics can be applied to science, research, engineering, business and technology, among other areas.

For example, mathematical analysis and computational modeling are important for solving global challenges like energy sources, climate change and epidemiology.

It also is applicable to statistical analysis, computer simulation, software design and testing, as well as other areas of operations research.

In finance, mathematics is used for actuarial fields and economic forecasting.

Government and private laboratories employ mathematicians to assist with the development of new technology. Numerical simulation, such as weather and climate forecasting, depends heavily on the use of supercomputers.

Mathematician is Top Profession

With a projected job growth of 23 percent, mathematician is the #1 profession in 2014, as cited by The site credits the high ranking to the career versatility of mathematics and its growing popularity.

Career Opportunities

  • Actuary
  • Attorney
  • Biostatistician
  • Financial analyst
  • Management science specialist
  • Professor
  • Statistician
  • Teacher

Careers in Mathematics

Mathematics not only makes a great major, it is also one of the best second majors around. For example, a business student who also majors in mathematics can grasp the quantitative side of business and finance in a way that other students may not be able to. Mathematics also combines powerfully with such majors as computer science and the traditional sciences. (It's also served as a good route to law school, not to mention being quite valuable to the lawyer after law school.) Even if you don't complete a full mathematics major, the quantitative strength you gain from studying mathematics will enhance whatever career you choose.

Specific Mathematical Career Areas

The ways in which mathematics is used in the workplace are too numerous to list. However, there are a number of special areas of interest where mathematicians are especially concentrated:

Actuarial Science
Actuaries are experts in the mathematics and finance of risk, and they are in demand throughout the private and public sector. In the rankings published by Jobs Rated Almanac, "Actuary" has never been listed lower than the fourth best job (out of 250 rated) and in two editions of the Almanac was ranked first. Qualified actuaries are well paid and always in demand. If you like mathematics, statistics and finance, then you should strongly consider this very rewarding career.

Applied Mathematics
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is the leading professional organization devoted to the advancement of applied mathematics. Their Careers & Jobs page not only lists openings in this vast field, but also gives an excellent summary of what applied mathematics is.

Mathematical Finance
Mathematical finance is the branch of applied mathematics that deals with the financial markets. As these markets become increasingly complicated, the mathematical tools used to analyze them become correspondingly more complex. Experts in mathematical finance are employed by financial institutions, investment banks and commodities firms. An internet search on "mathematical finance" will bring up technical information, graduate programs and more.

Operations Research and Management Science
According to, operations research is "the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions." This is another very rewarding field for someone who enjoys applying mathematics to real-world situations. See the Institute for Operations Research and the Mathematical Sciences.

According to the American Statistical Association, statistics is "the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis and presentation of numerical data." An excellent resource for careers in statistics is the ASA's Career Center. Statisticians are in constant demand, with plentiful career opportunities in a wide variety of fields.


Mathematics is comprehensive and rigorous. It is offered as a major and minor.

An outstanding companion field of study, mathematics supports and enhances the disciplines of education, business, computer science, economics and the sciences. The quantitative strength you gain from studying mathematics will enhance any program of study.

BW related programs include:

  • Physics-based engineering
  • Mathematical economics major, which provides students with a firm understanding of the application of mathematical principles to economics
  • Multi-disciplinary statistics minor, which gives students valuable background in a rapidly growing field

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's mathematics program.

Classroom study comes alive through experiential learning initiatives like research, independent study, internships and co-curricular activities.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Math Club
The Math Club's purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics, serve the community and foster a community among students interested in mathematics.

Kappa Mu Epsilon
This organization is the National Mathematics Honor Society. Its members have achieved standards of scholarship, professional merit and academic distinction.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Some students have gone on to law school and other professional programs at:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Chicago
  • Clemson University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Virginia School of Law

Others have applied their quantitative abilities to a wide variety of settings. Among area employers who have recently hired BW mathematics majors are:

  • Towers-Perrin (global professional services/consulting firm)
  • KeyBank (investment analysis)
  • Watson Wyatt (global actuarial consulting firm)
  • Millisor & Nobil (law firm)
  • Progressive Insurance (actuarial position)
  • Westfield Insurance (actuarial position)

Mario Giacomazzo '13 is a teaching assistant at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in statistics. He was active in and out of the classroom at BW, serving as student body vice president. His goal is to teach statistics at the university level, and he aspires to one day be a university president.

Zachery Apperson '12 is a logistics planner at Airgas in Cleveland. After graduating from BW, he earned an MBA in operations and supply chain management from Cleveland State University. He decided to major in mathematics because of its real-world applications.

Nicole Bates '11 is a planning analyst with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando. After graduating from BW, she earned a master's degree in pure mathematics from Bowling Green State University. Her original plan of teaching high school mathematics led her to major in mathematics at BW, where her eyes were opened to many career opportunities.

Kevin Stoll '11 is a PhD statistics candidate and graduate teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University. After graduating from BW, he earned a master's degree in mathematics and statistics from BGSU. He also was a decision science professional intern at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando. He is passionate about statistical research and is deciding between a career in teaching or a statistician in business or the medical sector.

Jennifer Cawrse '08 is a math teacher at Eastlake Middle School in Ohio. After graduating from BW, she earned a master's degree from Lake Erie College. She feels the high expectations set by BW professors prepared her to teach the subject.

Susan Fuller '07 is a part-time instructor at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., and a mathematics tutor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from BW, she earned a master's degree in mathematics from Clemson University. She believes she was well prepared for life by professors who challenged her to study beyond the textbook.

Josh Svenson '06 is vice president of marketing analysis at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from BW, he earned master's and doctoral degrees in statistics from The Ohio State University. He credits mentoring from BW faculty for his success as a graduate teaching assistant and researcher while he pursued his advanced degrees.

Monty Wesoloski '06 is an associate in the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and works as a consulting actuary at Towers Watson in Northfield, Ohio. Rigorous courses in mathematics at Baldwin Wallace inspired him to pursue ASA designation after graduating from BW.

Margaret Meyer '03 double majored in mathematics and economics. She is a consulting professional at Navigator Management Partners in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from BW, she earned an MBA in strategy from The Ohio State University. She credits the discipline and structured thinking needed in the mathematics major for establishing a foundation for her career.

Amy Nowacki '02 is an associate staff biostatistician at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute and an associate professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. After graduating from BW, she earned a master's degree in applied mathematics from Clemson University and a doctoral degree in biostatistics from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Duke Hutchings '00 majored in mathematics and computer science. He is an associate professor at Elon University. After graduating from BW, Duke earned his doctoral degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He applies the skills he learned as a mathematician in such a wide variety of classes, whether teaching algorithm analysis and design or enrolling in an information visualization course.


Full-Time Faculty

David T. Calvis
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Melissa Dennison
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Teresa Graham
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Kent State University

Chungsim Han
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Maria Mathews
Math Placement Administrator
M.A., The Ohio State University

Aaron Montgomery
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Susan D. Penko
Professor of Mathematics
M.A., University of Michigan

Timothy A. Riggle
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Peggy Slavik
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Core Mathematics Coordinator
Ph.D., Kent State University

Brent Strunk
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Purdue University

Adjunct Faculty

Barbara T. Aylward
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A. Mathematics, John Carroll University

John Domanski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S.E.E., Cleveland State University

Don Fedorchak
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., University of Alaska

Sally A. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., The Ohio State University

Sandra J. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.Ed. John Carroll University

Fred Dillon
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A., The Ohio State University