The mathematics program at St. Olaf is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching, for scholarship, and for service to the profession. We see mathematics as interesting, important, useful, and appropriate for students with a wide variety of interests. Welcome to our mathematical community.
Do I have to take a math class at St. Olaf?
The short answer is no, but the longer answer is that all B.A. students must satisfy the Abstract and Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) General Education requirement (B.M. students may choose to complete a general education requirement with an AQR course). Students complete the AQR requirement either by taking a designated course in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science or through successful completion of an equivalent course prior to arriving at St. Olaf. Get started on the Math and AQR Placement Process (that does not require a mathematics test) by clicking here.
Do I have to complete the AQR requirement at St. Olaf?
Some students have taken the right kind of courses in high school or have had other academic experiences that give them credit for the AQR. Visit our AQR Placement page to see whether or not this includes you.
How do I satisfy the AQR requirement?
There are several different courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science that satisfy the AQR requirement. Which kind of course you should take depends on your academic strengths and interests. Click here to get started on the Math and AQR Placement Process and you'll find your way to the information you need.
I know that I want to take a math course at St. Olaf, but which one should I take?
Excellent--we're glad you want to take a math course! In order to gather information and report it to your advisor you must go through the Math and AQR Placement Process. Click here to get started and you'll find your way to the information you need.
- Congratulations to two Ole grads for having their mathematics research papers published, both in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics and even in the same issue. Cameron Marcott's paper is titled On the Relationship between Pipe Dreams and Permutation Words, and Vladimir Sotirov's paper is Involutions on Standard Young Tableaux and Divisors on Metric Graphs. Find both here.
- Alumni: View profiles of recent alumni/ae.