For Students

Fall 2022 Math Help Room, 7 days a week!

Students: you can drop in and ask your professors questions about your math assignments from any math class, either in person (Fowler 306) or via Zoom (see login info below).

Instructors: Don Lawrence (D), Jeff Miller (J), and Nishu Lal (N)

Classes: All math classes are covered. See Don for Math 310 and Jeff for Math 372 or Math 400. For upper-division classes, Don is more likely to be able to help with Pure, and Jeff with Applied.

Su 1-2pm (D) *Zoom
M 10:40-11:40am (N)
M  3-4pm (D) 
W 10:40-11:40am (N)
W 12:45-1:45pm (D) 
Th 10:00-11:00am (J)
Th 12:30-1:30pm (D) *Zoom
F 9:30-10:30am (J)
F 10:40-11:40am (N)
F  3-4pm (D)

Zoom Meeting ID: 96112710396 (password=math)

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:

Course Tracking
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

Math Grader
Office Assistant

If you have any interest in any of these positions, please contact the Mathematics Department at 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 ( with any questions about Math Department Peer Tutoring.

SSAP Tutoring
When: Tue/Thu 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Where: Fowler 108
Email Taylor Ruehl (, Michael Straus (, or Blake Wheeler ( with any questions about SSAP Tutoring.