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.

Learn to Think Critically and Solve Problems Creatively

Math is present in every aspect of life, from the taxes we pay and the weather we enjoy to modern engineering and manufacturing. Math students at Goshen College will develop critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving tools for looking at their community and the contemporary world in a new way. You will gain experience in both pure mathematics and applied mathematics, learning to use math as a tool for solving real-life puzzles.

A Math Program Rich in Classroom Experience, Applications & Tools

In an era where computing power has become ubiquitous, our mathematics students focus on core content, the interconnection of relevant ideas, and use all available tools to solve problems. The math program at Goshen College is well-rounded, providing you with a strong foundation in mathematics courses, including linear algebra, number theory, abstract thinking, abstract concepts, complex variables, computer programming, data science, geometry, calculus, and probability.

Every course involves project work and research projects that explore ideas and applications in greater depth. Such projects could include the optimal placement of firebreaks to contain forest fires in Calculus I, modeling mechanical and electronic circuits in Differential Equations, or explaining strategic choices by nations in Game Theory.

By repeatedly engaging in such projects, students studying in math also develop skills like communication and collaboration, which are highly valued by employers. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which math students will complete a significant research project or internship.

Goshen College Math students with professor looking at equations on sidewalks
The Differential Equations class meets outside on a beautiful fall day in Goshen.

Mathematics is a Versatile Major to Many Career Paths

Our mathematics program provides you with a broad range of skills you can apply in many different settings. Mathematics students at Goshen College have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields after earning their bachelor’s degree, from teaching and actuarial science to software engineering and nursing.

Since mathematics majors tend to be an eclectic group, most take on a second major like physics, computer science, education, music, or history. Many students intern with businesses, financial firms, and nonprofit organizations that 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.

Graduates of our program have become teachers, administrators, software engineers, architects, actuaries, authors, actors, and farmers. If you are interested in mathematics, we encourage you to explore our program and consider the exciting and rewarding opportunities of working with numbers.

Math Majors Use Their Skills to Make a Real Difference in the World

A major or minor in math can take you anywhere. With a degree in mathematics from Goshen College, you will have the skills you need to succeed in any field you choose. Our mathematics program emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking, so you will be prepared to tackle whatever challenges come your way.

We are excited to answer any questions you have about our mathematics program. For more information about studying mathematics at Goshen College, fill out the information request form below. Financial aid options are available.

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David Housman

Professor of Mathematics & Department Chair

Sara Patrick

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Paul Meyer Reimer

Professor of Physics