Dept of Mathematics
   323 South Hall
   SUNY Geneseo
   1 College Circle
   Geneseo, NY 14454

Phone: 585-245-5384
Fax: 585-245-5128






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Combining a strong traditional mathematics major with opportunities for student research, a very successful secondary education program, and preparation in applied mathematics and statistics, the Department of Mathematics is committed to helping each Geneseo student achieve his or her goals, both before and after Geneseo.


Requesting Overloads for Math Courses

All overloads of multi-section courses must go through the Math Department Office. Please do not ask faculty for an overload.

To request an overload for a math course that has reached maximum capacity, complete the online Overload Request Form, which will be available here on the following dates:

  • April 20-24  (Open Registration is April 13-17)
  • June 15-19  (Open Registration is May 18 - June 12)
  • August 17 - September 2  (Open Registration is Agust 5 - September 4)

If a course is filled to capacity, students are encouraged to take other math courses needed in the major. Overload requests will be considered based on highest need.

If other sections of the same course are still open, no overloads will be considered.

If classes are currently at their capacity and a student is deemed to have time to take a course in a later semester, their request will be denied.


Special Course Offerings

For Fall 2015 the department is offering the following special topics course. For more information, please see the instructor or select the link to the course description:

Math 381 - Topics in Algebra: An Introduction to Elliptic Curves
with Professor Gary Towsley- Course Description


Congratulations to our Students!

Math JeopardyMath majors Jane Coons, Rayanne Luke, Jack Jenkins, and Doug Knowles attended the national meeting of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics, which was held in conjunction with the Mathematics Association of America's regional Intermountain Section meeting. At this conference, they won a first place prize in the Math Jeopardy contest, and gave individual talks about their research with Professor Rault. Congratulations to Jane, Rayanne, Jack, and Doug!


Employment Opportunity

The Department of Mathematics at the State University of New York College at Geneseo invites applications a one-year (non-tenure track) position as a Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning August 2015. Follow this link for more information.


Applications being accepted for Mathematics Department Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee of the Department of Mathematics at SUNY Geneseo is pleased to invite mathematics majors to apply for this year's departmental scholarships. Applicants should be current junior or sophomore math majors who will still be attending Geneseo during the 2015-2016 school year. These monetary awards are typically in the range of $500 to $1000, but the specific amounts have not yet been determined for this year.

These scholarships are available due to the generosity of friends and former faculty of the Mathematics Department. The list of scholarships along with the criteria can be found here. The Department has developed a common application that encompasses the criteria of the various awards so that a student needs to fill out only one form to be considered for all of the awards. Click on the link below to access the application.

The completed form, along with the additional documentation requested on the application, must be submitted to the Mathematics Department Office in South 323 by 4pm on

Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Mathematics Department Scholarship Application


Student presents at Mathfest 2014

James Ford (Class of 2014) and Marcus Elia (Class of 2016) attended Mathfest 2014, the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. At this meeting of 1,500 mathematicians in Portland, Oregon, James presented his research titled "Mathematical Manipulatives from 3D Printing" and Marcus presented his research titled "The Collatz Conjecture". Marcus was given a speaking award of $150 by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the quality of his mathematics and presentation.


Congratulations to our Award and Scholarship Winners!

Scholarship Winners 2014

Congratulations to each of the following students for being awarded Math Scholarships for the 2014-2015 year:

Kwan Ho Lee, Jane Coons, Rayanne Luke, Doug Knowles, Marina Massaro, and Cathryn Menarchem

Also pictured are Putnam and Rochester Olympiad math competion awardees:

Marcus Elia, Doug Knowles, and Michael Pilosov

(More photos in the Photo Gallery.)


Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

We have updated the Photo Gallery to include a few photos from the Math Department's Senior Dinner.


Professor Towsley Honored Among Nation's Best

TowsleyGary Towsley, distinguished teaching professor of mathematics, is among the country's top undergraduate professors named in The Princeton Review's new guidebook "The Best 300 Professors." Best300

"To be honest, I'm not surprised to hear about Gary's selection as one of the country's best," said Provost Carol Long. "His reputation as a consummate scholar is well-known on our campus, and I frequently hear from students about the impact he has on their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom." 

In its profile of Towsley, The Princeton Review editors cited his "ability to account for the varying levels of skill and understanding in his classes by trying to challenge those who already understand the material, while simultaneously being patient and supportive with those who feel they are lost."

Learn more about Towsley’s recognition.

Join the conversation on SUNY Geneseo’s Facebook page. 


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Invite your professors and friends to participate in this year's event.

In the past four years, we were able to raise over $1500 for Autism Speaks by giving students the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of their professors, coaches, and administrators. There are some pictures from the events in the Photo Gallery. Thanks to everyone who has helped with this wonderful event!


The Calculus Around You

Here is an interesting story on NPR: "In her new book, The Calculus Diaries, writer Jennifer Ouellette describes the development of calculus, from Archimedes to Newton, and shows how calculus is a part of everyday life -- from amusement park rides and Vegas craps tables, to dieting and figuring out gas mileage."


Library Resources for Mathematics

Bonnie Swoger from the Milne staff has put together some interesting resources for Math majors and faculty.
Take a look at Library Resources for Mathematics.


Why should I study math?

This is a very good question! And there are lots of very good answers. Follow these links to learn some of them:
Why do math?
When will I use math?
Careers in Mathematics


*Recent News - Mathematician is the BEST OCCUPATION!*

According to the Wall Steet Journal's "Best Occupation" rankings, Mathematician is #1.
Also, Actuary and Statistician are second and third, respectively.


"Headlines & Deadlines for Students"

The American Mathematical Society invites you to sign up for "Headlines & Deadlines for Students," a free monthly email service that includes news, links to helpful resources, and deadlines for applications for fellowships and grants, meeting registrations, and more. Each email news or deadline item links to a site for details, or to more information on the "Headlines & Deadlines for Students" web page. Follow the link above for more information.