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Mathematics – Overview

Adam B. Levy, 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: John O’Brien, Amanda Redlich, Manuel Reyes**

Lecturers: Eric Gaze, Michael King, Miriam Logan

Visiting Faculty: Leon Harkleroad

Fellows: Justin Marks, Alanna Hoyer-Leitzel

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics

A major consists of at least eight courses numbered 2000 {200} or higher, including Mathematics 2000 and 2020 {201 and 200} (or their equivalents), and an advanced course (numbered 3000–3969 {300–399}). Students who have already mastered the material in Mathematics 2000 and 2020 {201 and 200} may substitute a more advanced course after receiving approval from the department chair. Each of the eight courses required for the major must be graded with regular letter grades and passed with a grade of C- or better. At most two of these eight courses can be transfer credits from other institutions.

A student must submit a planned program of courses to the department when he or she declares a major. That program should include both theoretical and applied mathematics courses, and it may be changed later with the approval of the departmental advisor.

The requirement of an advanced course (numbered 3000–3969 {300–399}) is meant to ensure that all majors have sufficient experience in at least one specific area of mathematics. Those areas are algebra (Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2502 {232 or 252}, 2602 {262}, 2702, 3602, 3702 {302}); analysis (Mathematics 2303 {233}, 2603 {263}, and 3603 {303}); modeling and dynamics (Mathematics 2208 {224}, 3108 {304 or 318}, and 3208 {328}); optimization and numerical methods (Mathematics 2109 {229}, 2209 {244}, 3109 {319}, and 3209 {264 or 329}); probability and statistics (Mathematics 2206 {225}, 2606 {265}, and 3606 {305}); and geometry (Mathematics 2404 {247}, and 3404 {307}).

In exceptional circumstances, a student may substitute a quantitative course from another department for one of the eight mathematics courses required for the major, but such a substitution must be approved in advance by the department. Without specific departmental approval, no course that counts toward another department’s major or minor may be counted toward a mathematics major or minor.

Majors who have demonstrated that they are capable of intensive advanced work are encouraged to undertake independent study projects. With the prior approval of the department, such a project counts toward the major requirement and may lead to graduation with honors in mathematics.

Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics consists of a minimum of four courses numbered 2000 {200} or higher. Each of the four courses required for the minor must be graded with regular letter grades and passed with a grade of C- or better. At most one of these four courses can be a transfer credit from another institution.

Interdisciplinary Majors

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

Recommended Courses

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

For secondary school teaching:

Computer Science 1101 {101}; Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2020 {200}, 2108 {204} (same as Biology 1174 {174}), 2109 {229}, 2208 {224}, 2303 {233}, 2404 {247}, 2502 {232 or 252}, 2602 {262}, 2603 {263}, 2606 {265}, 2702.

For graduate study:

Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2020 {200}, 2303 {233}, 2501 {253}, 2602 {262}, 2603 {263}, 2702, and at least two advanced courses (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}).

For engineering and applied mathematics:

Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2108 {204} (same as Biology 1174 {174}), 2206 {225}, 2208 {224}, 2209 {244}, 2303 {233}, 2501 {253}, 2601 {258}, 2606 {265}, 3108 {304 or 318}, 3109 {319}, 3208 {328}, and 3209 {264 or 329}.

For mathematical economics and econometrics:

Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2109 {229}, 2206 {225}, 2209 {244}, 2603 {263}, 2606 {265}, 3108 {304 or 318}, 3109 {319}, 3208 {328}, 3209 {264 or 329}, 3606 {305}, and Economics 3516 {316}.

For statistics:

Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2206 {225}, 2208 {224}, 2209 {244}, 2603 {263}, 2606 {265}, 3606 {305}.

For computer science:

Computer Science 2200 {231}, 2210 {289}; Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2020 {200}, 2109 {229}, 2206 {225}, 2209 {244}, 2601 {258}, 2602 {262}, 2606 {265}, 3209 {264 or 329}, and 3404 {307}.

For operations research and management science:

Mathematics 2000 {201}, 2020 {200}, 2109 {229}, 2206 {225}, 2601 {258}, 2606 {265}, 3109 {319}, 3606 {305}, and Economics 3516 {316}.


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