Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Department
Programs offered in the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Department are designed to help you hone your critical thinking and effective decision-making skills, two important skills today’s employers look for in candidates.
Here, you’ll develop powers of logic and critical analysis with an orientation for modeling in applications. In actuarial sciences, for example, you will blend business and mathematics to analyze the financial consequences of risk. Computer science courses will offer a strong core of programming and technology skills, while introducing you to relevant knowledge in key areas. And in mathematics and physics courses, you’ll come to appreciate the precision, beauty, and power of the structure of the material universe.
If you have a high school background in calculus, you’re encouraged to apply for credit through advanced standing. For credit in calculus, a sufficiently high score on the national Advanced Placement (AP) College Entrance Examination, the CLEP Calculus Test, or the Saint Mary’s Advanced Placement Calculus Test is required. Advanced placement information is available from the department chair.
Placement Review Materials
Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society
The Saint Mary’s chapter of the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, celebrates outstanding scholarship. Founded in 1964, Saint Mary's is home to Minnesota's second-oldest chapter of this prestigious society.
Clubs and Organizations
You can join an active student-operated Mathematics and Computer Science Club consisting of members from all levels of our majors and minors and providing fun activities and social gatherings. The department also has its own chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics society, for qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors.