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Majors and Minors


Mathematics is the study of patterns and order. It is a science, a language, and an art. Applications of mathematics include the modeling of physical, biological, economic, and social phenomena.

Math at Otterbein

Students can pursue a course of study in the two broadly defined areas of mathematics: theoretical and applied mathematics. A course of study in applied mathematics prepares students for a career in such fields as engineering, finance, operations research, and software development. Theoretical mathematics prepares students for a variety of careers requiring careful analytic thought such as teaching or practicing law.

Otterbein's mathematics faculty are not only excellent teachers, but also active researchers who understand the importance of immersing students in a rigorous - yet supportive - environment. Every mathematics major has the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members pursuing research projects.

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Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of problem solving with computers. Computer scientists focus primarily on the science of programming and controlling computers to store, communicate, and retrieve information.

Computer Science at Otterbein

Our computer science curriculum is unique in its opportunities for hands-on learning with individualized guidance from professors. Nearly all required computer science courses include a weekly formal lab component in which students gain software development skills through both individual and team projects.

We offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The BA prepares you for work as a computing professional, providing breadth through a minor in business or a related field. The BS offers greater depth and prepares you for graduate studies as well as computing careers.

Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet national guidelines developed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) the premier computer science professional society. Its core is a software engineering sequence that explores every aspect of software development from communication with clients through design and implementation. Otterbein computer science professors have nearly two decades of real-world experience as software developers in addition to advanced degrees in computer science and extensive teaching experience.

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Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is the study of problems of insurance and finance through mathematical modeling. Actuaries develop theoretical models to evaluate the current financial implications of uncertain future events. As such, actuaries require a strong mathematical background supplemented by work in business, finance, and economics.

Actuarial Science at Otterbein

Otterbein is the only private university in the state of Ohio offering BS in Actuarial Science major. Our program is identified as advanced undergraduate Actuarial Science program by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. Otterbein Actuarial Science students receive closely-directed classroom instruction and individualized advising. In addition, we offer courses approved by three actuarial societies (Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, and Canadian Institute of Actuaries) which cover all three Validation by Education Experience (VEE) exams. These are required for actuarial certification.


To become fully accredited as an actuary, one must pass a series of rigorous examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). Our program provides preparation for the first three examinations and most of the fourth.

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/ Department of Mathematical Sciences

Tess Schwarz
Academic Administrative Assistant
Towers Hall 124
p / 614.823.1218
e / tschwarz@otterbein.edu


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