Mathematics is the language of our technological world. It lies at the heart of scientific research, engineering, and computer science. A math degree can prepare students for a career in science, industry, business, or teaching. But the study of mathematics will also assist students in developing skills beneficial for inquiry in any other disciplinary field, e.g. theology, philosophy, music, or psychology. Students learn to be precise and organized, to solve problems creatively, and to reason analytically.
There are new places of openness for God to move about in, new ways of understanding how God influences the world, e.g. quantum mechanics, chaos theory, dynamic systems…
Why study Mathematics at CMU?
Because mathematics is the foundation of science and technology, it has tremendous potential, for good and for ill. The same mathematical training can be used to combat epidemics or to build “better” war machines. Our world needs more theologically informed mathematicians, and more mathematically informed theologians!
At CMU, a Christian worldview provides perspective on mathematical studies. We consider limitations and ethical applications of mathematics, how math can inspire awe of the Creator, and how it has informed self-understanding and theology. For example, think about how theological Einstein’s words on math and science are: “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is its comprehensibility.”