### General

### Program Description

Encounter the beauty of mathematical discovery and the power of mathematics to describe the world.

In the mathematics department, you will be nurtured within a supportive community of scholars as you develop:

- Critical thinking skills
- Problem-solving ability
- Quantitative and logical reasoning ability
- Technical writing proficiency

Our diverse student population includes mathematics majors, future educators, and majors from other disciplines, and our program of study is relevant, challenging and experiential.

## Degree programs

Our majors learn mathematics both in breadth and in depth and are well-prepared for graduate school, teaching or the workplace. Students pursuing a major in mathematics can choose from one of the following major programs:

- Bachelor of arts in mathematics
- Bachelor of science in mathematics
- Mathematics secondary education
- Mathematics elementary education

We also provide a mathematics minor program, as well as minors relating to K-12 mathematics teaching. Our courses in mathematics, statistics, economics, and management that are recommended for students planning to pursue a career in actuarial science.

## Courses

During the first two years, students often take courses from our calculus sequence, consisting of Math 125, 126, 131, 132, 231 and 232.

For students planning to major in mathematics, Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics) is taken in the second year, since it is a prerequisite for many of our upper-level mathematics courses.

Mathematics majors then move on to upper-level courses in a variety of topics including:

- Algebra
- Real and complex analysis
- Geometry
- Statistics
- Numerical analysis
- Mathematical biology
- Combinatorics
- Linear algebra
- Advanced differential equations

Many programs in the social sciences require or recommend Math 210 (Introductory Statistics).

Students whose major doesn't require a specific mathematics course may elect to take an interdisciplinary GEMS course with a mathematics focus to fulfill the mathematics general education MA2 requirement (GEMS 100 or 105).

## After graduation

Students who graduate with a major in mathematics often pursue graduate study in mathematics or a related field, go directly into a variety of careers involving mathematics, or go on to teach in elementary or secondary schools.

*Last updated March 2019*

### About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.