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.

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.


The Sorting Hat Goes to Washington, D.C. A recent paper by Professors Andrew Beveridge and Stan Wagon, "The Sorting Hat Goes to College," which appeared in Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 87, No. 4, October 2014, pp 243-251, has been awarded the Mathematical Association of America's Carl B Allendoerfer Award for expository excellence.  Beveridge and Wagon will be presented with this award at MathFest in Washington, D.C. in August. Congratulations.

Budget Beowulf Clusters! At the recent SIGCSE conference in Kansas City, Professor Libby Shoop presented "Rosie," a six-node parallel and distributed computing cluster built by professor Shoop and her students. More Details.

dsTRAIn stands for learning data science through Trying, Reading, Asking, and Incorporating. Professor Katherine Kinnaird's dsTRAIN lab is up and running. Visit the dsTRAIn website