Major in Mathematics
Occidental's 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 mathematics 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--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.
Additional information is provided for the mathematics major:
Major Declaration Form
If you want to continue your education in mathematics, please consult the list of graduate schools (offering M.S. and Ph.D. programs) and our recommendations.
Working for the Math Department
If you have any interest in any of these positions, please contact the Mathematics Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 259-2822.
Peer Tutoring Resources for Students Enrolling in Math Classes
Math Department Peer Tutoring
When: Tue 4pm-6pm, Wed 10am-12pm, Sun 10am-11am
Where: Bottom floor of the Library, back of the stacks
Email Miles Smith (email@example.com) with any questions about Math Department Peer Tutoring.
When: Tue/Thu 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Fowler 108
Email Taylor Ruehl (firstname.lastname@example.org), Michael Straus (email@example.com), or Blake Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about SSAP Tutoring.