Mathematical Sciences

New College

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SMNS) offers several degrees that position students to take advantage of the growing importance of data science, cybersecurity, mathematical modeling and information technologies (please see here for the natural sciences). Whether in industry or in academia, a degree in Statistics, Applied Mathematics and Applied Computing with SMNS faculty prepares students with a technical skill set that signals they are prepared to solve real world problems, while their experience in Barrett guarantees they will have the critical and cultural knowledge to wield their technical proficiency responsibly. To graduate programs ranging in everything from economics, to psychology, to computer science, a quantitative degree distinguishes a student as prepared for the theoretical, mathematical and computational rigor of a Ph.D. While in industry, these degrees are highly prized and open doors into in-demand and well-compensated careers.
Barrett students in these majors benefit from the opportunity to work closely with their professors on original research projects. These research projects have resulted in previous Barrett students publishing their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Statistics, Applied Mathematics and/or Applied Computing should contact the lead FHA.

Faculty Honors Advisors

Joel Nishimura
602 543 3912

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

In the Mathematical Sciences in SMNS, thesis work is done in close collaboration with faculty and typically involves either the analysis of data, the development of new mathematics or algorithms, the implementation and programming of methods and/or numerical simulations performed on a computer. A successful thesis document should contain enough supporting information to be able to communicate the motivation and the technical details of the work/project to any faculty member in the mathematical sciences. Our unit abides by Barrett's requirements for a thesis committee and encourages the participation and inclusion of trans-disciplinary faculty on appropriate theses and/or creative projects. The student should meet with a potential thesis chair early in their planning process in order to find the "best fit" for their desired thesis or project.

Academic Preparation: 

A well prepared student will be able to both utilize a wide range of technical, mathematical and computational tools, and communicate the use and purpose of those tools in writing and in oral presentation. As the exact appropriate academic preparation varies, depending on the thesis subject, students should coordinate with their potential thesis chairs on how to prepare. Students interested in going to graduate school are highly encouraged to pursue Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)’s during their summers, while students interested in industry should pursue internships.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Honors enrichment contracts are available in classes in the School of Math and Natural Sciences on a case-by-case basis. Interested students should contact their faculty member/instructor directly regarding completing an honors enrichment contract for their class.

The New College also has several opportunities for undergraduate research to include the New College Undergraduate Inquiry and Research Experiences (NCUIRE) program, as well as Individualized Instruction (499) opportunities, and Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences offered each semester. Contact your FHA for more information.