Mathematics

At Earlham, our students develop mathematical fundamentals and problem-solving skills that they can apply in a variety of disciplines or in further study of mathematics.

It’s easy for our mathematics students to design and participate in projects that explore connections between math and other interests as a class project, independent study or as a double major.

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100%
of mathematics graduates from 2017-2019 were working or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
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Careers
Top job industries for mathematics majors include web and software engineering, and data and analytics.
Outcomes

Mathematics graduates have been admitted to graduate school programs in mathematics, statistics and particle physics, among other areas.

Combining logic and precision with intuition and imagination

You may find yourself working alongside faculty in the Math Studio or conducting research on such topics as global warming, pattern formation in animal coats and the spread of ideas during the “Arab Spring.”

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Professional development

Our students participate in weekly “mathophiles” seminars and informal lunches and attend regional meetings of professional mathematicians.

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Career preparation

The mathematics major prepares you for a variety of careers, and internship options abound. Recent mathematics majors have interned at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Laboratories, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, NASA and the NSA.

Our faculty

Our students and faculty work in close and continual collaboration, both in and outside of class.

Program Details

Earlham mathematics majors have gone on to become high school teachers, business managers, computer programmers, systems analysts, environmental statisticians, actuaries or mathematics professors.

As a liberal arts college, Earlham offers multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors in which students cultivate deep and specific knowledge and experience. Equally important, the College expects every student to develop broad, general skills and proficiencies across the curriculum.

As part of their general education, students complete six credits in each academic division of the College: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. In addition, students meet requirements for first-year courses, analytical reasoning, perspectives on diversity and wellness.

Learn more about general education at Earlham.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, you must complete the following courses, in addition to general education requirements.

Students considering a major in mathematics are encouraged to enroll in Calculus A or Discrete Math during the Fall Semester of their first year and to discuss their plans with one of the Math faculty if they’ve taken calculus in high school.

Students majoring in mathematics are required to complete:

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Mathematical Discovery
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 420 Abstract Algebra A
  • MATH 430 Analysis A
  • Either MATH 425 Abstract Algebra B OR MATH 435 Analysis B
  • MATH 486 Comprehensive Independent Study
  • MATH 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • Either MATH 320 Differential Equations OR MATH 350 Multivariate Calculus
  • One other Mathematics course numbered 300 or above

Students intending to go on in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take MATH 320, MATH 350, both MATH 425 and 435, and at least one course in Computer Science.

* Satisfied by credit or placement

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Yes! To pursue a minor in mathematics, you must complete:

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • Two other courses (totaling 6+ credits), at least one of which must be at 300+ level. These courses should be chosen from this list:
    • Any 200-level or above MATH course
    • MATH 140 Diversity of the World’s Mathematics
    • MATH/CS/PHIL 130 Symbolic Logic
    • CS 380 Theory of Computation

* Satisfied by credit or placement

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Recent mathematics majors have interned at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Laboratories, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, NASA and the NSA.

Yes! We encourage our majors to consider off-campus study during their time at Earlham. Learn more about your options through the Center for Global and Career Education.

Through our 3+1 Education Program, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and teaching license—all in just nine semesters.

You’ll leave Earlham with two degrees, licensed to teach grades 5-12 in Indiana. (And it’s easy to transfer your license to other states—many of our graduates do!)

Learn more about our 3+1 program.

Mathematics students love puzzles. If you get excited by the challenge of solving a problem, mathematics could be for you.

Recent alumni are in graduate school studying applied mathematics, actuarial science, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, law, mathematics, medicine, musicology or theology.

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