From concept to real-world

Tackle real world challenges using math—climate change, medical breakthroughs, new energy resources, corporate business decisions and more.

You'll study the patterns that surround us, including building design, your cell phone's operation, the shape of a bubble and even the music on Pandora. Take classes in the rapidly growing field of data mining, where you'll learn to analyze large amounts of data on web browsing, email and online shopping habits.

As a senior, you'll spend a semester investigating a subject that especially intrigues you—like Google's PageRank algorithm, how to win at blackjack or how new roads can actually increase traffic.

Classes are small—especially in the upper levels—so you'll get personalized attention and support from math faculty who are active experts in their fields.

Interested in engineering? Study here for three years and get your bachelor's degree in computer science, and then get an engineering degree from Columbia University, Washington University of St. Louis or Case Western Reserve University through our joint engineering program.

Open up a world of possibilities

Our majors have proven that they can analyze, learn new things, find patterns and seek out solutions to complex problems—skills that benefit you in any field. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like actuarial science and data science and analytics, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Our graduates attend schools like Johns Hopkins, Penn State and George Mason to further study mathematics or engineering or become a teacher.

If you want to do applied mathematics, there is a big demand for your skills. Our graduates work at Wells Fargo, Merck and Verizon. They work for corporations, join government agencies or the military, work in the aerospace sector, or go into insurance.

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Brandeis University
The College of New Jersey Global Program in Johannesburg, South Africa
George Mason University
Johns Hopkins University
Kutztown University
Loyola College 
McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
North Carolina State University
Penn State Harrisburg
Penn State University Park
Penn State York
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Southern Methodist University
Temple University
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University of Connecticut
University of Kentucky
University of Mississippi
University of Pennsylvania
Villanova University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Recent graduates have worked as:

Actuarial Assistant, Glatfelter Insurance Group
Actuary Analyst, Tower Hill Insurance
Actuarial Support, Geisinger
App Developer, Advance Central Services
Application Services Analyst, Merck & Co.
Biostatistican, Merck
Branch Manager, Susquehanna Bank
Client Support Technician, The Hershey Company
Credit Portfolio Analyst, Wells Fargo
Developer for Computer Aid Inc., E&E IT Consulting
Director of Mathematics, Achievement First
Fund Financial Analyst, Vanguard
IT Manager, VNA Health Systems, The United States Postal Service
Medical Physicist, Holy Cross Hospital, Maryland
Project Manager, The Hartford
Radar Algorithm Design, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Security, Raytheon, Verizon Communications
Senior Java Programmer, Computer Aid
Senior Knowledgebase Implementation Consultant
Senior Software Developer, Ellucian
Senior Software Engineer, Spark Post
Senior Trading Analyst, Accuen
Software Developer: Applied Systems Associates, The Federal Government
Software Engineer: Cornerstone Software Development Inc., Lockheed Martin Transportation, Morningstar
Statistics Programmer, IMS Health
Systems Administrator, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Systems Integrator, Sandia National Labs
Task Manager, Meckley's Limestone Products
Teacher: CB East High School, Charles County Board of Education, Central York Middle School, Crossroads Middle School, Devon Prep, The Dalton School, Henrico County Public Schools, Northern Lehigh School District; Princeton High School, Red Hook Middle SchoolTechnical Account Manager
Technical Consultant, Viecore Inc.
Web Developer,
Webmaster, Penn State Altoona

Teaching Certification. Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.

Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-423 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).

In addition, secondary education mathematics students complete all of the usual requirements for the mathematics major. They must satisfy the "one 300-level or above mathematics course" requirement by taking MATH-331 Geometry.

Ken Brakke, Ph.D.

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Professor of Math and Computer Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4466

Edisanter Lo, Ph.D.

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Professor of Math and Computer Science

Jeffrey A. Graham, Ph.D.

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Associate Professor Math and Computer Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4467

Alex Wilce, Ph.D.

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Associate Professor Math and Computer Science

Hojin Chang

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4447

Alathea Jensen

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Zachary Scherr

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Assistant Professor Math and Computer Science

Email Address

Rod Hart

Department: Math and Computer Sciences
Adjunct Faculty Math and Computer Science

Crystal VanHorn

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4196

Check out all your options! View the academic catalog.

The academic catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
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Joint Engineering Program with Columbia University

Study math, computer science or physics here for three years and then study engineering for two years at Columbia University, earning a bachelor's degree from Susquehanna and an engineering degree from Columbia.

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