St. Olaf routinely awards about 60 mathematics degrees to every graduating class — many more than most comparable schools yield. And no baccalaureate institution in the country produces a greater number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in the field.
Students benefit from a sizeable faculty of about two-dozen instructors and a generous assortment of courses: More than 30 subjects are offered on a regular basis, some in multiple sections. So, when students con-struct their schedules, they not only choose from diverse topics that range from mathematical logic to knot the-ory, but they can elect to take popular or required classes in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and probability during any semester. Such flexibility helps math majors fit off-campus study programs into their St. Olaf education.
FACT: We are 1st among baccalaureate liberal arts colleges nationwide in the number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in mathematics and statistics.
Students map out their math majors with individual contracts, developed in consultation with faculty advisers. Although several courses are required, each individual student designs a unique study plan to earn the degree. Course selections can be dictated by the student's personal skills, interests and post-graduate aspirations.
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