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
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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 201314
Mathematics major
(3435 semester hours)
 One course from:
 MATH172 Calculus II
 MATH256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
 At least one course from:
 MATH361 Real Analysis I
 One course from:
 At least two additional courses totaling at least seven semester hours from:
 MATH301 The Foundations of Geometry
 MATH305 The Geometry and Topology of Manifolds
 MATH312 Logic, Computability, and Complexity
 MATH329 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
 MATH331 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
 MATH333 Partial Differential Equations
 MATH335 Numerical Analysis
 MATH343 Probability and Statistics
 MATH344 Mathematical Statistics
 MATH351 Abstract Algebra
 MATH355 Advanced Linear Algebra
 MATH362 Real Analysis II
 MATH365 Complex Variables
 MATH380 Perspectives on Modern Mathematics
 An approved interim
 MATH391 Colloquium (taken twice)
Cognate (4 semester hours)
 One course from:
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:
 MATH172 Calculus II
 At least two courses from:
 At least two totaling at least seven semester hours from:
 MATH301 The Foundations of Geometry
 MATH305 The Geometry and Topology of Manifolds
 MATH312 Logic, Computability, and Complexity
 MATH331 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
 MATH333 Partial Differential Equations
 MATH335 Numerical Analysis
 MATH343 Probability and Statistics
 MATH344 Mathematical Statistics
 MATH351 Abstract Algebra
 MATH355 Advanced Linear Algebra
 MATH361 Real Analysis I
 MATH362 Real Analysis II
 MATH365 Complex Variables
 MATH380 Perspectives on Modern Mathematics
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 201415 academic year.
 Kenneth E. and Jean Baker FirstYear Mathematics Scholarship

 award amount: $1,000
 firstyear
 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 forcredit 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

 award amount: $2,500
 firstyear
 HS GPA of 3.5+; minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT of 1250
 financial need not required
 complete the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship application
 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 612
 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; fulltime 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 postBA
 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
Faculty
Michael Bolt
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 292
mdb7@calvin.edu
(616)
5266719
John Ferdinands
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 275
ferd@calvin.edu
(616)
5267110
Earl Fife
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 293
fife@calvin.edu
(616) 5266403
Todd Kapitula
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 274
tmk5@calvin.edu
(616)
5267548
Janice Koop
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 273
kooj@calvin.edu
(616)
5266427
Christopher Moseley
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 286
cgm3@calvin.edu
(616)
5266352
Marilyn Myers
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 278
mjm49@calvin.edu
(616)
5267631
Pam Plantinga
Teaching Staff
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
pplantin@calvin.edu
(616)
5268643
Randall Pruim
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) 5267113
Thomas Scofield
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 281
scofield@calvin.edu
(616)
5266856
Michael Stob
Professor
Dean for Institutional Effectiveness
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
SC 323
stob@calvin.edu
(616)
5267114
Gary Talsma
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 280
tals@calvin.edu
(616)
5266422
James Turner
Associate Professor, sabbatical spring 2013
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 272
jturner@calvin.edu
(616)
5266753
Gerard Venema
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 287
venema@calvin.edu
(616)
5266402
Talk to us
Randall Pruim
Department Chair
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 284
rpruim@calvin.edu
(616) (616) 5267113
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Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Mathematics as a:
 Mathematics Major to teach at the Elementary, secondary level  see program requirements
 Mathematics minor to teach at the Elementary, secondary level  see program requirements
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