Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Why Mac for Math, Stats, & CS?

The largest department at Macalester, we graduate a diverse group of 30–40 majors each year, over 50% from outside of the US. Many Mac students enter with substantial previous work in mathematics or experience with computers; others start with little background. We tailor our program to both kinds of students—there is a place here for you.

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MSCS is pleased to announce a new Data Science minor. Increasingly, decisions in politics, governance, science, and commerce are shaped by the large quantities of data brought about by the revolution in computing. Data science, which supports such decisions, combines ideas and techniques from mathematics and statistics with skills from computer science to analyze large, high-dimensional data from a domain area. For details, see the Data Science Minor or speak to David Shuman, MSCS Data Science Coordinator, or MSCS Chair Tom Halverson.

Our curriculum is broad and innovative, and students can focus in any one of four areas:

  • theoretical math
  • applied math
  • statistics
  • computer science

Faculty members are recognized as outstanding and dedicated teachers, with active professional lives on campus, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Academic activities outside of class include internships, competitions, weekly seminars and the Tuesday departmental tea in the MSCS Reading Room.