Mathematics Major

The typical mathematics major curriculum consists of 39 courses and 122 credits. The typical major must take:

MA 0151Functional Programming 13
MA 0171Calculus I4
MA 0172Calculus II4
MA 0231Discrete Mathematics3
MA 0235Linear Algebra3
MA 0273Multivariable Calculus4
MA 0334Abstract Algebra3
MA 0371Real Analysis3
Select six 300-level mathematics electives18
Select two semesters of a laboratory science 26
Mathematics Capstone 33
Total Credits54
1

An equivalent course may be substituted. Students who can demonstrate proficiency in a computer programming language can have this requirement waived by the department chair.

2

This also fulfills the natural science core requirement. Although physics is the usual science taken by majors in mathematics, another laboratory science may be substituted with permission of the chair.

3

All mathematics majors are expected to complete a two-part capstone requirement consisting of completion of the mathematics comprehensive examination in the spring of their senior year and attendance at a total of five Mathematics Department Colloquium talks (or equivalent) over their final two years. Those who attend the requisite colloquia and receive a Pass or Pass with Distinction on their mathematics comprehensive exam will have a grade of "Mathematics Capstone Passed" or "Mathematics Capstone Passed with Distinction," respectively, recorded on their transcript; those who do not attend a total of five colloquia during their final two years or fail the mathematics comprehensive exam (or both) will have a grade of "Mathematics Capstone Failed" recorded on their transcript.

Students who wish to double major in mathematics and another area are encouraged to meet with the chairs of the respective departments so that appropriate modifications to the requirements can be made to allow these students to graduate in four years. Popular double majors with mathematics include computer science, economics, and physics.

Mathematics majors are required to have a graphing calculator at least as powerful as a TI-84.

Honors Seminar

Students who take the MA 0390 or MA 0391 Honors Seminar receive three credits for one of their mathematics electives upon completion of one semester of MA 0390 or MA 0391. Students who complete both MA 0390 and MA 0391 earn six credits: the first semester counts as a 3-credit mathematics elective, while the second counts as a 3-credit free elective.

Students Interested in Teaching Mathematics in High School or Middle School

Students planning a career in secondary education should consult with the department chair, and with the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, as early as possible. Consult the Program in Education section of the catalog concerning requirements for the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor's-Master's degree program in secondary education with initial 7-12 certification.

The curriculum given below represents a typical option for completing the major in mathematics.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MA 0151 Functional Programming 3
MA 0171 Calculus I 4
Core Courses 9
 Credits16
Spring
MA 0172 Calculus II 4
Core Courses 12
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
MA 0231 Discrete Mathematics 3
MA 0273 Multivariable Calculus 4
Core Courses 9
 Credits16
Spring
MA 0235 Linear Algebra 3
Math Elective 3
Core Courses 9
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
MA 0334 Abstract Algebra 3
MA 0371 Real Analysis 3
Laboratory Science 4
Core Courses 6
 Credits16
Spring
Math Electives 6
Laboratory Science 4
Core Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Math Electives 6
Elective Courses 9
 Credits15
Spring
Math Elective 3
Elective Courses 9
Mathematics Comprehensive Exam 0
 Credits12
 Total Credits122