The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University serves over 350 majors and 8000 students annually in its classes. Our students are actively engaged in learning through small classes that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem-solving, effective communication, and a high degree of faculty support.

Many of our majors participate in extracurricular mathematics-related activities, including tutoring in local schools, tutoring in our own Math Center, participating in the GVSU Math & Stats Club, studying abroad, attending Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, and more. Our alumni are engaged in a wide array of exciting endeavors and rewarding careers.

Our faculty excel at both teaching and scholarship. Department faculty have authored numerous publications in mathematics and mathematics education and have won prestigious teaching awards. Student learning is at the heart of all our faculty activities, whether its conducting research with undergraduates or developing innovative teaching methods to help students learn.

The Mathematics Department offers a major (BS or BA) in Mathematics as well as a Mathematics minor. There are four emphases within the Mathematics major: Elementary Certification, Secondary Certification, Theoretical Emphasis, and Applied Emphasis.  The student outcomes for these emphases can be found through the following links:

These teaching emphases have been awarded National Recognition status (recognized through 2027) by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) / Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The NCTM CAEP Program Standards define the knowledge and skills exhibited by graduates of the elementary and secondary programs:

Elementary Certification:

Secondary Certification: 

We are a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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