Explore Mathematics & Statistics at Calvin
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.
Explore Mathematics & Statistics at Calvin
Majors, minors and courses
Explore five majors and three minors in mathematics and statistics at Calvin.
Prepare to be an actuary
Calvin's math and statistics program can prepare you to become an actuary. Learn how.
Fun with math
Learn more about the Problem Solving Club and other ways to find community with math and statistics majors.
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New software enhances the study of animal ecology
Recognizing a need for freely available, easy-to-use tools for bio-logging, Calvin professor Stacy DeRuiter led a collaborative project to develop new software to enhance the study of animal ecology.
News & Stories, March 6, 2018
Calvin Remembers Sanford Leestma
Longtime Calvin computer science professor is remembered for his encouraging attitude and willing spirit.
News & Stories, November 30, 2017
Exploring new ground through summer research
This summer, 85 students participated in Calvin College’s summer research. The program spans 10 weeks and allows students to explore one of 56 projects in eight different STEM fields.
News & Stories, August 4, 2017
Calvin College offering data analytics minor
Calvin students now have the opportunity to minor in data analytics, a science that's useful to almost every industry from healthcare to linguistics.
News & Stories, September 23, 2016
Alumni journalists with ABC News, Washington Post return to discuss election
On Friday, Sept. 23, Calvin alums Ryan Struyk and John Muyskens will discuss faithful fact checking.
News & Stories, September 22, 2016
Calvin College alum wins Pulitzer Prize at 23
A year after tossing his cap, John Muyskens, graphics editor at The Washington Post, takes home his field's top prize.
News & Stories, April 26, 2016
Calvin remembers Carl Sinke
From railroads to singing to politics to statistics, interests were plentiful for Calvin mathematics professor emeritus Carl Sinke, who died on Jan. 20, 2016.
News & Stories, January 22, 2016
Vos Endowment established to support Math & Stat education
The Kenneth and Grace Vos Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics provides flexibility to pursue a range of activities that will encourage and promote creative and innovative education in mathematics and statistics.
News & Stories, November 18, 2015
Graduation Year: 2014
Hometown: Ada, Michigan
Math and political science major Ryan Struyk worked at ABC News as a part of Calvin's Washington, D.C. semester program in the spring of 2014. He used skills learned through his mathematics major to land an internship at a polling center for ABC News and the Washington Post after graduation. Read more about Ryan's internship experience.
Graduation Year: 2013
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Anna Plantinga '13 was recognized for her excellent undergraduate research at Calvin with the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. After being accepted to PhD programs at places like Harvard and University of Washington, she chose to combine her love of biology and mathematics in a biostatistics program at UW. Read more about Anna receiving the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. After graduating from Calvin with majors in biology and mathematics, Anna entered the PhD program in Biostatistics at the University of Washington. Besides learning statistical theory, Anna has been studying questions such as how to predict health outcomes from electronic health records and how accurately we can determine which parts of a person's genome were originally European, African, or Native American. Anna says "the first-hand research experience I had at Calvin, both in labs and during the summer, taught me how to ask good questions and design tests to answer them; my coursework gave me a solid biological and mathematical background."
Community life in the mathematics and statistics department