Program Distinctives

Math and computer science at Westmont are not spectator sports or disciplines that students pursue in isolation.  Our students belong to a community and they take an active role in their learning.  They collaborate with other students.  They get focused attention from their professors.  And as they take classes and work on research projects, they get knowledge and skills that make them better thinkers and communicators---knowledge and skills that prepare them for interesting and rewarding careers.  Our graduates have jobs in finance, accounting, teaching (high school and college), cryptanalysis, software development, nursing, and biomedical research, just to name a few.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is growing at faster than average rates in occupations that require a strong background in math or computer science.  Come to Westmont and immerse yourself in some exciting disciplines while you prepare for the future.

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New and Noteworthy

Outstanding Senior Awards
Outstanding Sophomore Awards

"Seeing Mathematics through the Eyes of Faith": a new book by Russ Howell

Planning Your Program of Study

What does it take to complete a major in mathematics? You can find a list of requirements here as well as in the mathematics section of the college catalog. Note that some courses are offered every semester, some once per year, and some every other year. You can see the schedule here.

Career Choices

Mathematics graduates are well-prepared for a wide variety of careers.  They have entered the fields of finance, accounting, teaching (high school and college), cryptanalysis, nursing, and biomedical research.  Graduates have gone on to medical and law school and to graduate school in mathematics, statistics, economics, and public health. 

Westmont's Education Department can help you plan a program leading to a secondary teaching credential in math.

The Mathematical Association of America has some helpful information about careers in mathematics.  For some information on recent alumni, see these profiles.

General Education: Reasoning Abstractly

The department has prepared some suggestions for students and advisors about mathematics and computer science courses that fulfill the Reasoning Abstractly component of Westmont's General Education program.

Budapest Semester

Study in Budapest and earn credit toward your mathematics major at Westmont. Classes are taught in English on this off-campus program to Budapest, Hungary.

Contact Information

Patti Hunter, chair


Department Secretary

Silvia Rodarte

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108