Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Why Mac for Math, Stats, & CS?

The largest department at Macalester, we graduate a diverse group of 70–80 majors each year. 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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Outstanding Poster Prizes at the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings

LucasGagnonPoster.jpgEshaDattaPoster2.jpgHearty congratulations to Macalester students Esha Datta ('17) and Lucas Gagnon ('16), who each won an Outstanding Poster Prize at the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, the largest mathematics conference in the world. Esha's poster, "The Topology of Systems of Coupled Oscillators" (joint with student Alec Dunton, Harvey Mudd College) and Lucas' poster, "Linear Bases for McKay Centralizer Algebras" were in the award-winning poster group selected from a field of more than 300 entries.

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Data Science Minor

MSCS is pleased to announce a new Data Science minor. For more information see: Data Science Minor 

Statistics Prize


Bryan Martin (Class of '15) won 3rd place in the Undergraduate Research Project Competition (USRESP) organized by the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). Bryan's project, "Machine Learning Algorithms for Predicting Mode of Transportation Using Smartphone Sensor Data" was based on his honors work at Macalester College.

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.