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Mathematics, B.A., B.S.

Mathematics possesses both intrinsic beauty and powerful applicability. The language and logic of mathematics appear everywhere, and the study of mathematics affords rare opportunities for creativity to all who enjoy intellectual challenges. A major or minor in mathematics will provide you with rich explorations of theory, fascinating applications to a variety of real-world problems, and transferable skills in communication, technology, and creative problem solving.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley State University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in mathematics, with emphases available in theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, and elementary and secondary certification.

Minors in mathematics are also available, including minors for elementary and secondary certification.

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  • Business analysts
  • Cryptographers
  • Data scientists
  • Financial engineers
  • Software developers
  • Statisticians
  • Teaching

Why Study Mathematics at Grand Valley?

  • Students develop strong communication, critical thinking, mathematical modeling and coding skills, all in courses where students learn by doing, not just by listening.
  • Students participate in research through funded summer or academic year research programs or coursework, and they present research results at seminars and conferences both on campus and at regional and national meetings.
  • Mathematics department faculty care about students in and out of the classroom, actively engaging students in the learning process and focusing on student success.
  • The mathematics department is a recognized national leader in innovative and effective approaches to mathematics instruction. Departmental faculty are highly trained with Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics or Mathematics Education, and actively focused on continuously improving their teaching in the classroom.

Helpful Links

For More Information

Department of Mathematics

gvsu.edu/math
A-2-178 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2040

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Coursework

Mathematics students study a variety of topics that explore both the theory and applications of the subject, including:

  • Applied and theoretical mathematics research
  • Calculus and differential equations
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Probability and statistics
  • Mathematical reasoning and communication
  • Project-based applied mathematics
  • Linear algebra
  • Abstract algebra and analysis

Career Options

Students who are challenged by problems and enjoy working on solutions can enjoy exciting career opportunities in industry, business, and government as:

 

“I have really fallen in love with Grand Valley since going here. Most aspects of the university fit me perfectly, and those which did not originally fit have shaped me for the better.”

GEOFFREY PATTERSON, PH.D.
MATHEMATICS ALUMNUS