Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department Records
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Historical Note
Mathematics has been taught at Mount Holyoke since the first year of the Seminary. Admission requirements included proficiency in arithmetic, and study of algebra was required of all Seminary students. In 1854, trigonometry was added to the Mathematics curriculum, and by 1892, students were able to major in the field of Mathematics, "the science of numbers and space." At this time, the major in Mathematics included the study of the elements of analytic geometry, modern geometry, and calculus; the applications of calculus and the theory of functions; and the history of Mathematics, which Mount Holyoke was among the first colleges to offer courses in. The Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computation in the 1988/1989 academic year. At this time, a significant addition to the courses offered occurred. In 1992/1993, the department was renamed the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. 