Mathematics Major and Minor Requirements

Mathematics Major (B.S.)

(see below for math minor requirements)

Eleven math courses are required to complete a major in mathematics, according to the following guidelines.

  • These courses should include Math 135 and Math 136 (Calculus I and II), or their equivalent, for example in the form of AP credit.  Students must also take Math 205 (Multivariable Calculus).
  • Note that Math 110, 123 and 134 may not be counted toward the major.  However, CS 140 (Introduction to Computer Programming) does count towards the major.
  • Math majors are required to complete Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Math), either Math 305 or Math 306 (Real or Complex Analysis), and either Math 315 or Math 316 (Group Theory or Ring Theory). 
  • At least four of the eleven units must be at the 300 level or above. But note that the choices among Math 305, 306, 315, and 316 count as two of these four courses. A math SYE would count as a third such course; see below.
  • Students are welcome to take further math courses, up to a maximum of fourteen courses at St. Lawrence in total.

Students planning to major in mathematics are encouraged to complete Math 280 before the end of their sophomore year because this course is a prerequisite for many courses at the 300 level.

Students considering graduate work in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take Math 217 (Linear Algebra) along with all of Math 305, 306, 315, and 316 (a full year each of analysis and algebra).

Important: an SYE (Senior Year Experience) is required, either in mathematics as one of the eleven courses in the major or by completing an SYE outside the department. An SYE consists of an independent project, at the regular or honors level, conducted individually with a faculty member or as part of an SYE seminar with other seniors.  All projects will include a written paper and a formal oral presentation.  More information can be found on the SYE Info page.  Please consult with the department chair to arrange a math SYE.

You may download and print out the Math Major worksheet to help plan your course of study.

Mathematics Minor

Seven math courses are required to complete a minor in mathematics. These courses should include Math 135 and 136, or their equivalent.  (For example, in the form of AP credit.)  Math minors must also take Math 205 along with four additional courses, three of which should be at the 200 level or above. Furthermore, CS 140 can count towards the minor. However, Math 110, 123 and 134 may not be counted toward the minor.

You may download and print out the Math Minor worksheet to help plan your course of study.