Sandy Koonce

Professor, Math/Compt Science
Math & Computer Science

Sandy Koonce


PhD, Stanford University, Mathematics, 1986

AB, Dartmouth College, Mathematics, 1980


Appleton Hall
P: 909.748.8631

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematical modeling in biological systems

  • Algebraic and geometric topology

  • Geometry

  • Problem solving

Professional Background Highlights

  • Ph.D. work in characteristic classes for stably almost-complex manifolds

  • Presentations at many conferences and seminars in topology

  • Design of a new course in mathematical modeling, presented in several locations and published

  • Work in mathematical modeling of the interaction between closely-related bird species, published and ongoing

  • Solutions to several problems in mathematics journals acknowledged


Sandy Koonce is the coach and advisor for the men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee teams.


Courses Taught

Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 121/122/221 Calculus I, II, and III

MATH 150 Techniques in Problem Solving

MATH 204 Conjecture and Proof in Discrete Mathematics

MATH 231 Introduction to Modeling

MATH 241 Linear Algebra

MATH 251 College Geometry

MATH 321 Real Analysis

MATH 325 Complex Analysis

MATH 341 Abstract Algebra

MATH 355 Point Set Topology

MATH 459 Senior Seminar


Assistant Professor, Vassar College, 1988-1993

Gibbs Instructor (post-doc) at Yale University 1986-1988

Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, 1980-1986


The Role of Dispersal in the Replacement of Golden-winged Warbler by Blue-winged Warbler, in Natural Resource Modeling, vol. 18, no. 4, 537-547

Plan to Integrate Calculus II and III Curricula at University of Redlands (with J. Beery, P. Cornell, A. Killpatrick), in Confronting the Core Curriculum: Considering Change in the Undergraduate Mathematics Major, Mathematics Association of America, 1998.

A Modeling Course for the Environmental Studies Program, in Biomodeling Workshop Projects 1993-1994, National Science Foundation, 1997

Relations among Generalized Characteristic Classes, Pac. J. Math. 45 (1990), 239-254

Awards, Honors, Grants

Phi Beta Kappa, 1979

Summa Cum Laude, 1980

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship recipient, 1983

Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 1996

Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 2004