Mathematics - Requirements

The typical mathematics major curriculum consists of at least 38 courses and 120 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
  • CS 151 (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 MACS 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-83.

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 math 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.

Internships

The intern program provides mathematics majors with opportunities to gain practical, career-related experience in a variety of supervised field settings. Internships may be available in actuarial science, financial analysis, statistics, and other areas. Students may complete one or two semesters of internship. Interns work a minimum of 10 hours per week at their placement site and complete the required academic component specified by the faculty advisor. An internship may not replace a mathematics elective to fulfill the requirements for a major.

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

CS 151 Functional Programming                          

 

3

Core courses

12

9

Sophomore Year

MA 231 Discrete Mathematics

3

 

MA 235 Linear Algebra

 

3

MA 273 Multivariable Calculus 

4

 

Core courses (including science)

10

13

Junior Year

MA 334 Abstract Algebra

3

 

MA 371 Real Analysis

3

 

Mathematics electives

 

6

Core courses

6

6

Elective courses

3

3

Senior Year

Mathematics electives

6

6

Elective courses

6

6

Mathematics Comprehensive Exam

 

x

Totals

60

60

 

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 15-credit minor in mathematics, students:

  • Complete two mathematics courses at the 100 level
  • 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 and Computer Science. If a student places out of a first calculus course, then they need only take the second calculus course and three 200-level mathematics courses in order to fulfill the minor. Similarly, if the student is placed out of the first and second calculus courses, then they need only take three 200-level mathematics courses to fulfill the minor.