The mathematics program aims to serve the diverse needs of students in the physical sciences, social sciences, and 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. Upon graduation, some mathematics majors go on to graduate or professional school, while others begin careers in teaching, business, industry, or government. The major can be structured to provide a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences--pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and operations research--and fields close to mathematics like computer science, actuarial science, and engineering. A major or minor in mathematics can also provide an excellent technical and theoretical complement to a major or minor in other fields.
Computer Science at Occidental
The mathematics department offers a selection of courses in computer science and computer programming. Occidental and Caltech share a unique exchange program which makes it possible for our students to supplement their study by taking courses at Caltech. Other courses relevant to computer science include Mathematics 210, 350, 370, 380, and 450.
Facilities at Occidental
All mathematics courses taken at Occidental are held in the Fowler academic building, located in the center of campus. Our department is on the third floor. All calculus courses include a computer laboratory component to give students the opportunity to experience, test, and personally discover mathematical ideas. Our computer classrooms allow this innovative use of computers to extend to other courses, including multivariate calculus, linear systems, statistical data analysis, and differential equations.
Major, Minor in Mathematics and Computer Science
Please see the College catalog for information on obtaining a major or minor in mathematics and for information on the courses we offer in mathematics and computer science.
Graduate Study at Occidental
A master of arts in teaching is available in mathematics. Consult the section on graduate study, the education department, and the graduate office for overall requirements. The minimum mathematics requirement is 16 units of coursework approved by the mathematics eepartment.
- Phone: (323) 259-2822
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: Fowler, 3rd Fl