Requirements

Mathematics Major

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

Required Courses
MATH 2000Linear Algebra1
MATH 2020Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning1
at least one advanced course (3000–3969)1
Select at least six additional courses numbered 1800 or higher.6

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
MATH 2301
Intermediate Linear Algebra
MATH 2502
Number Theory and Cryptography
MATH 2602
Group Theory
MATH 2702
Rings and Fields
MATH 3602
Advanced Topics in Group Theory
MATH 3702
Advanced Topics in Rings and Number Theory
Analysis
MATH 2303
Functions of a Complex Variable
MATH 2501 Vector Calculus
MATH 2603
Introduction to Analysis
MATH 3303
Advanced Complex Analysis
MATH 3603
Advanced Analysis
Modeling and Dynamics
MATH 1808
Biomathematics
MATH 2208
Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 3108
Advanced Topics in Modeling
MATH 3208
Advanced Topics in Dynamical Systems
Optimization and Numerical Methods
MATH 2109
Optimization
MATH 2209
Numerical Methods
MATH 3109
Optimal Control
MATH 3209
Partial Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
MATH 2206
Probability
MATH 2606
Statistics
MATH 3606
Advanced Topics in Probability and Statistics
Geometry and Topology
MATH 2404
Geometry
MATH 3204
Topology
MATH 3404
Projective and Non-Euclidean Geometries

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.

Mathematics Minor

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

Additional Information and Department Policies

  • 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.

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.

Pure Mathematics
MATH 2303Functions of a Complex Variable1
MATH 2501 Vector Calculus
MATH 2602Group Theory1
MATH 2603Introduction to Analysis1
MATH 2702Rings and Fields1
Select at least two advanced courses from the following: 2
MATH 3204
Topology
MATH 3303
Advanced Complex Analysis
MATH 3404
Projective and Non-Euclidean Geometries
MATH 3602
Advanced Topics in Group Theory
MATH 3603
Advanced Analysis
MATH 3702
Advanced Topics in Rings and Number Theory
Engineering and Applied Mathematics
MATH 1808Biomathematics1
MATH 2208Ordinary Differential Equations1
MATH 2209Numerical Methods1
MATH 2301Intermediate Linear Algebra1
MATH 2303Functions of a Complex Variable1
MATH 2501 Vector Calculus
MATH 2601 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
MATH 2603Introduction to Analysis1
MATH 2606Statistics1
MATH 3108Advanced Topics in Modeling1
MATH 3109Optimal Control1
MATH 3208Advanced Topics in Dynamical Systems1
MATH 3209Partial Differential Equations1
Mathematical Economics and Econometrics
MATH 2000Linear Algebra1
MATH 2109Optimization1
MATH 2206Probability1
MATH 2209Numerical Methods1
MATH 2301Intermediate Linear Algebra1
MATH 2603Introduction to Analysis1
MATH 2606Statistics1
MATH 3108Advanced Topics in Modeling1
MATH 3109Optimal Control1
MATH 3208Advanced Topics in Dynamical Systems1
MATH 3209Partial Differential Equations1
MATH 3603Advanced Analysis1
MATH 3606Advanced Topics in Probability and Statistics1
Statistics
MATH 2000Linear Algebra1
MATH 2206Probability1
MATH 2208Ordinary Differential Equations1
MATH 2209Numerical Methods1
MATH 2603Introduction to Analysis1
MATH 2606Statistics1
MATH 3606Advanced Topics in Probability and Statistics1
Operations Research and Management Science
MATH 2000Linear Algebra1
MATH 2020Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning1
MATH 2109Optimization1
MATH 2206Probability1
MATH 2301Intermediate Linear Algebra1
MATH 2601 Combinatorics and Graph Theory
MATH 2606Statistics1
MATH 3109Optimal Control1
MATH 3606Advanced Topics in Probability and Statistics1

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