Calvin's mathematics program offers many options based on your career goals. Tailor your program to focus on applied mathematics, pure mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics or actuarial studies. You may also choose to pair studies in mathematics with business or economics, or with a particular academic program in the sciences, to create a group major.

Overview

Programs in mathematics are constructed with a faculty advisor following a common outline:

  • 2 semesters of calculus
  • 2 or 3 intermediate level courses
  • 4 or 5 upper level courses, including courses in algebra and analysis
  • Additional electives

Careers in Mathematics

  • Actuary
  • Statistician/Biostatistician
  • Mathematical Modeler
  • Software Developer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join students and faculty for weekly Colloquium lectures; participate in the Problem Solving Club; compete in mathematics competitions (including the annual MATH Challenge or Putnam competition); celebrate Pi Day; engage in mathematics research with a faculty mentor.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Mathematics major

(34-35 semester hours)

  • One course from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • MATH-256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
  • At least one course from:
  • MATH-361 Real Analysis I
  • One course from:
  • At least two additional courses totaling at least seven semester hours from:
  • An approved interim
  • MATH-391 Colloquium (taken twice)

Cognate (4 semester hours)

  • One course from:
    • CS-106 Introduction to Scienti?c Computation and Modeling
    • CS-108 Introduction to Computing

All proposed major programs must be designed in consultation with a departmental advisor and approved by the department of mathematics and statistics. Major programs must consist of a coherent package of courses intended to serve the student's interests and career goals while meeting the above minimum requirements.

Students with specific educational or career goals should take additional courses. Descriptions of a number of expanded programs?including programs in applied mathematics, pure mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics, and actuarial studies?are available on the departmental Web page.

Mathematics minor

(23 semester hours)

  • One course from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • At least two courses from:
    • MATH-231 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
    • MATH-243 Statistics
    • MATH-256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
    • MATH-270 An Introduction to Multivariable Calculus
    • MATH-271 Multivariable Calculus
  • At least two totaling at least seven semester hours from:

All proposed minor programs must be designed in consultation with a departmental advisor.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Kenneth E. and Jean Baker First-Year Mathematics Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.50+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the mathematics department
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Mathematics and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need not required; enrolled in a for-credit music activity (ensemble or lessons)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Sophomore Mathematics Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
NSF Scientific Computing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000 to $8,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; US citizen; full-time student; demonstrate an interest in scientific computation and modeling
  • apply through the Integrated Science Research Institute
William Rinck Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3,0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Antoinette Ubels Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior or post-BA
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; committed to a career as a high school teacher; preference to those interested in teaching in a Christian high school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gordon J. VanderBrug Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
VanDerWoude Science Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William E. and Connie L. Van Eerden Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need is not required; preference to those who demonstrate a passion for teaching in a Christian school or college
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John D. Warners Scholarship for Secondary Math Education
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial aid considered; pursuing a degree in the Math Secondary Education program; demonstrate leadership as well as special effort and commitment to learning and teaching; preference will be given to students interested in coaching, preference will also be given to ethnic minority students
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul J. and Eleanor I. Zwier Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intention of teaching mathematics at the high school or college level
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Michael Bolt

Michael Bolt
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 292
mdb7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6719

John Ferdinands

John Ferdinands
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 275
ferd@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7110

Earl Fife

Earl Fife
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 293
fife@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6403

Todd Kapitula

Todd Kapitula
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 274
tmk5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7548

Janice Koop

Janice Koop
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 273
kooj@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6427

Christopher Moseley

Christopher Moseley
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 286
cgm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6352

Marilyn Myers

Marilyn Myers
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 278
mjm49@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7631

Pam Plantinga

Pam Plantinga
Teaching Staff
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
pplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8643

Randall Pruim

Randall Pruim
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7113

Thomas Scofield

Thomas Scofield
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 281
scofield@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6856

Michael Stob

Michael Stob
Professor
Dean for Institutional Effectiveness
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
SC 323
stob@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7114

Gary Talsma

Gary Talsma
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 280
tals@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6422

James Turner

James Turner
Associate Professor, sabbatical spring 2013
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 272
jturner@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6753

Gerard Venema

Gerard Venema
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 287
venema@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6402

Talk to us

Randall Pruim Randall Pruim
Department Chair
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) (616) 526-7113

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