Mathematics

Mary Lou Zeeman, Department Chair
Suzanne M. Theberge, Senior Department Coordinator

Professors: William Barker, Adam B. Levy†, Jennifer Taback, Mary Lou Zeeman
Associate Professor: Thomas Pietraho
Assistant Professors: Christopher Chong, John D. O’Brien, Amanda Redlich, Manuel L. Reyes, Naomi Tanabe
Senior Lecturers: Eric C. Gaze
Lecturers: James M. Broda II, Michael King

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics

A major consists of at least nine courses numbered 1800 or higher.

Required courses:

  • Mathematics 2000 and 2020
  • an advanced course (3000–3969)
  • The requirement of an advanced course (3000–3969) is meant to ensure that all majors have sufficient experience in at least one specific area of mathematics as listed below:
    • algebra (Mathematics 2502, 2602, 2702, 3602, and 3702)
    • analysis (Mathematics 2303, 2603, 3204, and 3603)
    • modeling and dynamics (Mathematics 2208, 3108, and 3208)
    • optimization and numerical methods (Mathematics 2109, 2209, 3109, and 3209)
    • probability and statistics (Mathematics 2206, 2606, and 3606)
    • geometry (Mathematics 2404 and 3404)

Students who have already mastered the material in Mathematics 2000 and 2020 may substitute a more advanced course after receiving approval from the department chair. Students must submit a planned program of courses to the department when they declare a major.

Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics consists of a minimum of five courses numbered 1800 or higher.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in three interdisciplinary majors: computer science and mathematics, mathematics and economics, and mathematics and education. See Interdisciplinary Majors.

Recommended Courses

Listed below are some of the courses recommended to students with the indicated interests.

  • Graduate study: Mathematics 2303, 2501, 2602, 2603, 2702, and at least two advanced courses from Mathematics 3204, 3602, 3603, and 3702
  • Engineering and applied mathematics: Mathematics 1808, 2208, 2209, 2303, 2501, 2601, 2606, 3108, 3109, 3208, and 3209
  • Mathematical economics and econometrics: Mathematics 2000, 2109, 2206, 2209, 2603, 2606, 3108, 3109, 3208, 3209, 3603, and 3606
  • Statistics: Mathematics 2000, 2206, 2208, 2209, 2603, 2606, and 3606
  • Operations research and management science: Mathematics 2000, 2020, 2109, 2206, 2601, 2606, 3109, and 3606

Additional Information

  • Each of the courses required for the major or minor must be taken for a regular letter grade, not Credit/D/Fail, with a minimum earned grade of C-.
  • At most, two of the nine courses required for the major, or one of the five courses required for the minor, can be transfer credits from other institutions.
  • Independent studies and honors projects can count toward major and minor requirements with prior departmental approval.
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores, in addition to the mathematics placement questionnaire, are only used for placement.

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