Mathematics, Galileo suggests, is the language by which the book of the universe may be read. Physicists need that language to “read” matter and energy. Musicians need that language to “read” rhythm and harmony. In the department of mathematics and statistics at Calvin College, students and faculty work together to explore and interpret the “alphabet in which God wrote the universe.”

Calvin's mathematics program

Our students appreciate the size and scope of the mathematics and statistics department, which is small enough to allow for good rapport among the students, but large enough to offer extensive course work and research opportunities. Smaller classes facilitate excellent student-faculty interaction, and faculty members strive to create an atmosphere in which intellect and faith work hand in hand.

We offer a compete undergraduate program in mathematics, along with an honors program in mathematics and in mathematics education. If you qualify, you may be able to enroll in honors sections of calculus. If you took AP calculus in high school and received a high enough score, you may receive advanced placement credit.

Our mathematics major program provides the flexibility to meet a variety of student needs. If you intend to teach high school mathematics, you will complete courses in statistics, linear algebra, geometry and history of mathematics. If you are interested in applications, you may take courses in partial differential equations, numerical analysis, statistics and applied mathematics. If you wish to attend graduate school in mathematics, you will take a broad spectrum of courses. You can also complete a pre-actuarial program that prepares you to become an actuary. If you combine a mathematics major with another field, you may find challenging careers in the physical sciences, economics, business or computer sciences.

The faculty

All 13 members of our department hold doctoral degrees from major universities. They all teach a variety of courses and have professional interests encompassing many areas of mathematics. They try to bring a distinctively Christian perspective to their courses, seeking to make real to themselves and their students the implications of their faith.