About the Department
Mathematics is one of the oldest disciplines of study. For all its antiquity, however, it is a modern, rapidly–growing field. Only 70 years ago, mathematics might be said to consist of algebra, analysis, number theory, and geometry. Today, so many new areas have sprouted that the term "mathematics" seems almost inadequate. A new phrase, "the mathematical sciences" has come into fashion to describe a broad discipline that includes the blossoming fields of statistics, operations research, biomathematics, and information science, as well as the traditional branches of pure and applied mathematics.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith offers a major, multiple minors, a concentration in biomathematical sciences, a post-baccalaureate program, and a visiting junior program. We also cohost, with the education department, a masters of arts in teaching program. Many faculty and students are involved with the Five College Statistics Program.