The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers several combined programs with other departments, including a major in economics - mathematics, mathematics - physics, and a minor in data science. For more information and course details, see the Mathematics and Statistics section of the Whitman College Course Catalog.
Offered in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science, our data science minor is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of what this emerging field has to offer. As a discipline, data science sits at the intersection of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Data science has applications in science, industry, social sciences, humanities and the arts. Data science fits well within the liberal arts and, when brought to bear by folks with interdisciplinary training, has the potential to uncover profound insights. At the same time, when applied without consideration of bias or unintended consequences, data science can be dangerous.
Minor Requirements: The Data Science minor requires a minimum of 19 credits from: Computer Science 167, Mathematics 240, 247. In addition to these three required courses, at least 9 credits from any of Computer Science 351, 357 or Mathematics 248, 339, 347, 349, 350. Students wishing to combine the Data Science minor with the Mathematics major will be allowed to use Mathematics 240 to satisfy both sets of requirements. Students, in this case, will complete a minimum of 51 credits total.
Economics - Mathematics
Interested in graduate study in economics? An MBA in a quantitative field? Do you want to understand and explore the ever-growing influence of mathematics and statistics in the field of economics? Consider a combined economics-mathematics major. You'll specialize in both economics and mathematics and take advantage of a rigorous curriculum that focuses as much on the fundamentals of both disciplines as it does in exploring how a combination of mathematical and economic theories and principles can provide a critical lens through which to reflect upon and impact social and economic challenges in the real world.
Major requirements: Economics 107 or 109; 307, 308, 327, 428 plus two additional courses in economics, at least one of which is numbered 310 through 490; Mathematics 167, 225, 235, 236, 244, 300, 338; 339 or 350; and three additional credits chosen from mathematics courses numbered above 200. For economics-mathematics majors, Economics 107 or 109, and Mathematics 338 are the prerequisites for Economics 327, and Economics 227 does not apply toward the minimum major requirements. Courses completed in this major apply to the social science, science and quantitative analysis.
Mathematics - Physics
Curious about how mathematical methods frameworks impact the formulation of theoretical concepts in physics? Interested in such fields as calculus, quantum mechanics or the theory of relativity? If so, Whitman's mathematics-physics major is an excellent choice for you. The program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to build a strong foundation in math and physics, as well as develop critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and oral and written communication skills.
Major requirements: Mathematics 225, 235, 244, 300, and nine additional credits in mathematics courses numbered above 200; Physics 155 or 165, 156 or 166, 245, 246, 255, 256, 325, 339, and one additional physics course numbered from 300-480, or BBMB 324. Senior assessment consists of the written exam in mathematics, the written exam in physics, and a combined oral exam scheduled by the physics department. Courses completed in this major apply to the science and quantitative analysis distribution areas.