About the Department of Mathematics at Olivet

The Department of Mathematics is located in the lower level of Burke Administration building.  Several of the classes used for mathematics courses are also on this level along with the mathematics lab. We offer four major mathematics programs: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in mathematics and three Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in mathematics, mathematics education, and actuarial science, as well as minors in mathematics and mathematics education.  You can read more about these programs here. There are currently six full-time faculty in the department along with a couple of adjuncts who help with teaching some of the non-major courses.

The department typically graduates between eight and fifteen majors a year. The graduates are usually evenly split between mathematics/actuarial science and mathematics education. Our students are able to work very closely with the mathematics faculty, which provides a more personal approach than at some other institutions. Mathematics class sizes start at around 35 for freshman and sophomores, 20-25 for juniors, and 10-15 for seniors. This provides plenty of personal attention.

There are several opportunities for students to work on campus in mathematics related jobs. The Math lab provides tutoring for all courses up to Calculus II. Many mathematics majors also have the opportunity to serve as department assistants and assist in grading homework.

In addition to the regular interaction with faculty social interaction also takes place in the math club and through other department socials. Check out the rest of the departmental website to find out more information on any of these opportunities.