• Joshua Cole, Marge McIlwain, and Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer
  • Prof. Marge McIlwain with Students
  • Prof. Marge McIlwain talking with new Students
  • Christmas party for Students with Prof. Marge McIlwain

Mathematics Department

A person educated in the liberal arts is expected to pursue studies in literature, music, art, and languages, as well as the sciences and quantitative reasoning. These areas of study are worthwhile in themselves and need no further justification. To that end, SJC’s Department of Mathematics faculty recognize that in modern America, there is a genuine need to pursue practical experiences, even while engaging in these “liberal” studies. The SJC Mathematics Program attempts to include both theoretical and real-world proficiencies.

The SJC Department of Mathematics is committed to creating successful undergraduates by preparing students to enter the workforce as an applied mathematician or pursue further education. To that end, the Mathematics faculty members strive to give students an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental methods of deductive reasoning, adequate preparation for work in graduate and professional schools, mastery in the use of mathematics as a tool, and thorough familiarity with modern mathematical concepts. Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level can major in Mathematics and minor in Education to receive licensure.   

The Department of Mathematics includes the following programs and majors:

Clubs and Activities

Resources and Downloads

Workshops and Presentations

Professor Marge McIlwain was a presenter at the 2012 Quantitative Literacy Workshop and served as a mentor during the 2012-2013 school year.

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Internships and Practical Experience

Multiple opportunities for Mathematics students to gain practical experience are available through internships and on-campus opportunities. Common internships in the Department of Mathematics include working with the Donaldson Corporation, the National Security Agency, AT & T, and the Teaching Scholars Program. Students can also gain practical experience on campus by helping faculty organize SJC’s Science Olympiad Regional Tournament or by working as faculty assistants, where students assist Mathematics faculty with grading, tutoring, and developing course and curriculum content.  

Student Research

In order to ensure that our students are developing the skills they need to be successful after graduation, opportunities for in-class and extracurricular research are readily available starting freshman year. With the help of our faculty, students conduct research and present their findings to their professors and peers. For example, in Calculus II, students learn to use Vernier equipment, high quality data collection devices, and then present their research to the Calculus I class. Students can also gain hands-on experience in research by participating in SJC’s Colloquium and STEM Program.       

High Quality Equipment

The SJC Department of Mathematics prides itself on having high-quality, cutting-edge equipment that students can utilize. In 2011, SJC was one of ten higher education institutions to receive Vernier Software and Technology’s 30th Anniversary Technology Grant, which allowed the Department of Mathematics to incorporate Vernier technology into the Mathematics curriculum. The equipment enables student to create, conduct, and analyze scientific experiments by connecting Mathematics to the real world.


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Department Majors and Minors 


Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.