Requirements

William Barker, Department Chair
Suzanne M. Theberge, Senior Department Coordinator

Professors: William Barker, Adam B. Levy, Jennifer Taback†, Mary Lou Zeeman† 
Associate Professors: John D. O’Brien, Thomas Pietraho†, Manuel L. Reyes 
Assistant Professors: Christopher Chong, Naomi Tanabe
Senior Lecturer: Eric C. Gaze
Lecturers: James M. Broda II, Michael King
Visiting Faculty: Subhadip Chowdhury, Behrang Forghani, Patricia Garmirian

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, 3303, 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 and topology (Mathematics 2404, 3204, 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. For a full and rich mathematical experience, it is recommended that students also take courses from across the mathematical spectrum of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics.

  • graduate study: Mathematics 2303, 2501, 2602, 2603, 2702, and at least two advanced courses from Mathematics 3204, 3303, 3404, 3602, 3603, and 3702
  • engineering and applied mathematics: Mathematics 1808, 2208, 2209, 2301, 2303, 2501, 2601, 2603, 2606, 3108, 3109, 3208, and 3209
  • mathematical economics and econometrics: Mathematics 2000, 2109, 2206, 2209, 2301, 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, 2301, 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.