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Mathematica Software

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About Mathematicaphoto of a student using a laptop

Mathematica is a computational software program based on symbolic mathematics used in mathematical, scientific, engineering, and computing fields. Mathematica uses The Wolfram Language as its programming language.

Available To

Students, Faculty, Staff

Getting Started

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer Labs

Mathematica is installed in all general, or public, computing labs on campus.

University Owned Machines

  • Windows Users: Mathematica is available for self-installation through Software Center.
  • Mac Users: Mathematica is available for self-installation through Casper

Faculty and Staff Personally Owned Machines

Submit a request form for a home-use license from Wolfram

Student Personally Owned Machines

Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.


Create an account (New users only):
          a. Go to and click "Create Account"
          b. Fill out the form using a email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
          c. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID  


Request the download and activation key: 
          a. Submit a request form for an Activation Key
          b. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
          c. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
          d. Run the installer on your machine and enter Activation Key at prompt


To install Mathematica on a 2nd computer, follow Step 2 instructions to request an additional Activation Key

Mathematica Tutorials

The first two tutorials are excellent for new users and can be assigned to students as homework to learn Mathematica outside of class time.

Teaching With Mathematica

Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

Resources for Educators

Research With Mathematica

Rather than requiring different toolkits for different jobs, Mathematica integrates the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities, and a powerful visualization engine in one coherent system, making it ideal for academic research in just about any discipline.

Resources for Researchers