Mathematics Major & Minor

Do you find joy in solving puzzles? Do you find fractals fascinating, symmetry scintillating, game strategies gripping, or patterns provocative? If so, you may be interested in our thriving mathematics program at Goshen College.

In an era where computing power has become ubiquitous, GC mathematics majors focus on the key concepts, interconnect relevant ideas, and make use of all available tools to solve problems. Every course involves project work that explores ideas and applications in greater depth, including optimal placement of firebreaks to contain forest fires in Calculus I; public key cryptography in Calculus II; modeling mechanical and electronic circuits in Differential Equations; and explaining strategic choices by nations in Game Theory. By repeatedly engaging in such projects, mathematics students also develop their communication and collaboration skills, highly sought by employers.

Mathematics majors tend to be an eclectic group. Most take on a second major–physics, computer science, music and history, to name a few–or gain secondary teacher certification. Many intern with businesses and nonprofit organizations who value their modeling, statistics and computer skills. Others spend a summer participating in the Maple Scholars research program working one-on-one with faculty members in areas such as fair allocation and game theory. Alumni have gone on to become teachers, administrators, software engineers, architects, actuaries, authors, actors and farmers. Join us to build your own life story!

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Students engage in exploratory summer research program

Fourteen Goshen College students are participating in the Maple Scholars Summer Research Program. Started in 1998, Maple Scholars is an eight-week program of research, experimentation, analysis and archiving data.

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Fall 2013 Math Meeting

Daniel Fecher, Jon Kaasa, and Matt Chen heard about the Higgs Boson and other exciting mathematical topics.

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Cooperation and Power

Andy Clemens and Peter Schrock examined the evolution of cooperation among self-interested individuals and measuring power in weighted voting systems.

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22 students research alongside professors during summer

Twenty-two Goshen College students are spending their summer working with professors on various research projects during the college’s eight-week Maple Scholars program.

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Math Alumnus is Commencement Speaker

Matthew Schrock, 2003 graduate in mathematics education, was the Concord High School Class of 2013 Faculty Commencement speaker.

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