Mathematics - Requirements

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

  • 13 mathematics courses: MA 171, 172, 231, 235, 
273, 334, and 371, along with six 300-level mathematics electives;
  • MA 151 (or an equivalent course; students who can demonstrate proficiency in a computer programming language can have this requirement waived by the department chair);
  • Two semesters of a laboratory science (this also fulfills the natural science core);
  • The mathematics capstone requirement.

Although physics is the usual science taken by majors in mathematics and computer science, another laboratory science may be substituted with permission of the chair.

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 390 or MA 391 Honors Seminar receive three credits for one of their mathematics electives upon completion of one semester of MA 390 or 391. Students who complete two semesters of MA 390-391 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.

Bachelor of Science - Major in Mathematics (122 credits)

 

Credits

First Year

Fall

Spring

MA 171 Calculus I

4

 

MA 172 Calculus II

 

4

Core courses

12

12

Sophomore Year

MA 231 Discrete Mathematics

3

 

MA 235 Linear Algebra

 

3

MA 273 Multivariable Calculus 

4

 

MA Elective

 

3

Core courses

9

9

Junior Year

MA 334 Abstract Algebra

3

 

MA 371 Real Analysis

3

 

Mathematics electives

 

6

Laboratory Science

4

4

MA 151 Functional Programming

3

 

Core courses

3

3

Elective courses

 

3

Senior Year

Mathematics electives

6

3

Elective courses

9

9

Mathematics Comprehensive Exam

 

x

Totals

63

59

 

Bachelor of Science - Double Major in Mathematics and Computer Science

A specific curriculum has been developed in order to allow students to double major in mathematics and computer science. This curriculum is designed to allow the student to complete the double major in four years. If you are interested, please speak with the chair of the department or the director of the computer science program.

Bachelor of Science - Double Major in Mathematics and Physics

A specific curriculum has been developed in order to allow students to double major in mathematics and physics. This curriculum is designed to allow the student to complete the double major in four years. If you are interested, please speak with the chair of either of these two departments.

Minor in Mathematics

For a minor in mathematics, students:

  • Complete a two course, 100-level calculus sequence;
  • Complete three mathematics courses at the 200 level or higher.

The specific selection of courses must have the approval of the chair of the Department of Mathematics. A student may place out of one or both calculus courses, depending on his or her high school calculus background. While the student does not earn credit for these courses, they will still count toward the minor.