Mathematics is a unique discipline that provides basic analytical, logical and problem-solving skills needed to understand the practical aspects of everyday life and the philosophical depth of scientific thinking.
Whether or not you have an idea of what you want to do after college, a mathematics major may be suitable for your interests and needs. We have aimed at making the major broad enough to satisfy diverse interests and strong enough to give students a solid analytical background.
Occidental's mathematics program serves the diverse needs of students in the physical and social sciences, and the liberal arts, as well as mathematics. Study and problem-solving in mathematics at all levels provide a paradigm of critical thinking: identifying and questioning premises, inferring patterns from evidence, deducing conclusions from hypotheses, and expressing ideas clearly. Other disciplines rely on mathematics to provide technical tools for precise reasoning and communication.
Our majors pursue careers in fields that are impressive in quality and diversity. The department can recommend specific coursework leading to graduate study in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, or computer science; a career in actuarial science, operations research, or business; certification for secondary teaching; and other career paths. A double major in mathematics and another discipline is also an attractive option for many students.
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