Bachelor in Mathematics

General

Program Description

Overview

At Earlham, our students develop mathematical fundamentals and problem-solving skills that they can apply in a variety of disciplines or in further study of mathematics.

It's easy for our Mathematics students to design and participate in projects that explore connections between math and other interests as a class project, independent study or as a double major.

We have close and continued faculty-student collaboration, both in class and in settings like working together in the Math Studio or conducting research on such topics as global warming, pattern formation in animal coats and the spread of ideas during the “Arab Spring.”

Summer internships are available at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Laboratories, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, NASA and the NSA.

Highlights

Our students participate in weekly "mathophiles" seminars and informal lunches and attend regional meetings of professional mathematicians.

You may study in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, one of the world’s great centers of mathematical research.

Recent alumni are in graduate school studying applied mathematics, actuarial science, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, law, mathematics, medicine, musicology or theology.

You can find Earlham Mathematics alumni becoming high school teachers, business managers, computer programmers, systems analysts, environmental statisticians, actuaries or mathematics professors.

Outcomes

Earlham math majors have gone on to graduate school in mathematics, physics, economics, finance, music, geosciences, and psychology.

Alumni have pursued a wide variety of careers, including finance, agents both for the NSA and for the FBI, actuaries, aspects of computing and secondary teaching.

A student recently presented her work at a national joint meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.

Plan of Study

General Education Requirements

The Mathematics Department offers 17 courses that fulfill the Abstract Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement for General Education: MATH 130, 140, 180, 190, 280, 288, 300, 301, 310, 320, 350, 360, 420, 425, 430, 435 and 482; and seven that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning component of this requirement: MATH 120, 180, 280, 300, 320, 350 and 360. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Major

Students considering a major in Mathematics are encouraged to enroll in Calculus A or Discrete Math during the Fall Semester of their first year and to discuss their plans with one of the Math faculty if they've taken calculus in high school.

Students majoring in Mathematics are required to complete:

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Mathematical Discovery
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 420 Abstract Algebra A
  • MATH 430 Analysis A
  • Either MATH 425 Abstract Algebra B OR
    MATH 435 Analysis B
  • MATH 486 Comprehensive Independent Study
  • MATH 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • Either MATH 320 Differential Equations OR
    MATH 350 Multivariate Calculus
  • One other Mathematics course numbered 300 or above

Students intending to go on in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take MATH 320, MATH 350, both MATH 425 and 435, and at least one course in Computer Science.

The Minor

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • Two other courses (totaling 6+ credits), at least one of which must be at 300+ level. These courses should be chosen from this list:
    • Any 200-level or above MATH course
    • MATH 140 Diversity of the World’s Mathematics
    • MATH/CS/PHIL 130 Symbolic Logic
    • CS 380 Theory of Computation

* Satisfied by credit or placement

International Admissions

A Global Learning Community

Rooted in the Quaker values of equality, justice, respect, and collaboration, an Earlham education creates an unending desire to see the world differently and to bring about change. Earlham prepares you for the challenges and decisions of your college career and for your life after college.

As an international student, you play a key role in bringing the world to Earlham. We recognize and value the distinct perspectives you bring with you and how they can enrich experiences in and out of the classroom.

International students make up approximately 21% of the total student body at Earlham. Our dynamic campus includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 60 countries.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus, too!

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are required of all international applicants.

If English is not your primary language, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The recommended TOEFL (iBT) is 92, and the recommended IELTS score is 7.0. You may also submit an SAT or ACT score to enhance your competitiveness for admission and for scholarship consideration.

If English is your primary language, you may submit your SAT or ACT scores instead of TOEFL or IELTS.

Current accepted tests and minimum required scores are:

Test Required Recommended
SAT – EBRW 400 600
ACT – Reading 20 26
TOEFL - total 80 92
IELTS – total 6.0 7.0

While we understand the many issues present in standardized testing, Earlham’s current registration with SEVIS requires compliance with these test score requirements. SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System used by the Department of State on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (in other words, important US governmental agencies). Therefore, the International Student Advisers must use test scores to substantiate academic preparedness and English proficiency when preparing an I-20 (the document needed to apply for a student visa) for an admitted student.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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