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Mathematics Major

Math at Pomona provides a comprehensive offering of courses in all the mathematical sciences, with tracks in statistics and pure, applied, and general mathematics.

The Pomona Math Department’s philosophy is that mathematics is an exciting field that offers something for everybody. The department has created a supportive, inclusive community through mentoring groups and by promoting collaborative work.

Beyond calculus and linear algebra, you’ll take courses in algebra, analysis, topology/geometry, modeling, and statistics. Majors then focus on a track in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, general mathematics and statistics. The senior exercise involves directed research, under the supervision of faculty. Many students do summer research.

Programs range from the usual B.A. to a combined B.A.-M.A. program offered with Claremont Graduate University (in either mathematics or in mathematics education).

Prof. Johanna Hardin on the community experience for math majors
In class with Professor Adolfo Rumbos
In class with Professor Adolfo Rumbos
Garcia Math Class
In class with professor Stephan Ramon Garcia
In class with Professor Jo Hardin
In class with Professor Jo Hardin
In class with Professor Ami Radunskaya
In class with Professor Ami Radunskaya

What You’ll Study

    • Functions, numbers, models, data analysis, abstract structures
    • How to communicate mathematical ideas
    • Applying math to the sciences and seeing math in the arts
    • Research topics in all areas of mathematics
The Claremont Colleges offer courses from 60 faculty mathematicians.

Researching at Pomona

Castillo Alejandra

Purpose and Humanism in Mathematics Education Research

Alejandra Castillo ’17 analyzed 30 years of Educational Studies in Mathematics, discovering five main reasons for teaching math and that the reasons change over time. 

Daniel Metz

Seasonal Abnormality in kWh Loads

Daniel Metz ‘16, with three fellow students, analyzed a dataset of kWh usage by hour, appliance and business, identifying seasonal abnormalities at the Datafest competition.

Paula Burkhardt

Graphic Nature of Generalized Kloosterman Sums

Paula Burkhardt ‘16 worked with two students and Professor Stephen Garcia on a paper on the properties plots of generalized Kloosterman sums in the complex plane.

Cesar Meza
Cesar Meza ‘16

The supportive environment of the math department with programs such as Pomona Scholars in Mathematics (PSM), mentor sessions and learning communities has helped me develop my critical thinking skills. Studying at Pomona sparked my passion to develop mathematical literacy within neighboring communities through educational outreach.

Faculty & Teaching

The mathematics faculty is a community of engaged, committed and talented mathematicians, including three national teaching award winners. Their expertise spans the mathematical sciences. The department promotes a collaborative, community atmosphere through mentor sessions, a weekly math lunch and department retreats.

Professor Johanna Hardin

Mathematics is a beautiful subject and a powerful tool for understanding the world from cells to music.  Mathematical analysis can mine big data to understand relationships and to predict the future.  At Pomona, the wealth of mathematical offerings creates a welcoming environment for a diverse group of math students.  Our philosophy is that mathematics is for everyone; our majors study all aspects of mathematics in all manner of approaches.