Mathematics Major and Minor Requirements

Mathematics Major (B.S.)

The requirements for a major in mathematics are 11 units, including four core mathematics courses, one analysis course, one algebra course, five electives, and a senior-year experience.

Foundational Courses
  • MATH 135 - Calculus 1
  • MATH 136 - Calculus 2
  • MATH 205 - Multivariable Calculus.
  • MATH 280 - Bridge to Higher Math
Analysis
  • MATH 305. Real Analysis
  • MATH 306. Complex Analysis
Algebra
  • MATH 315. Group Theory
  • MATH 316. Ring Theory
Electives

Three at the 200-level or above and two at the 300-level or above. STAT 113 and CS 140 may count as 200-level electives. Any course cross-listed as MATH or STAT may also count.

Senior Year Experience

Students must fulfill a Senior-Year Experience (SYE) requirement either in mathematics as one of the 11 units in the major or by completing an SYE outside the major. More information can be found here.

Honors

Honors work in mathematics provides the student with an opportunity for more independent and creative work in pure or applied mathematics. A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major is required to receive honors in mathematics. In addition, each student applying for honors must complete a departmentally approved honors project. This work is completed as a senior year experience project. Interested students should consult the department chair.

If you are planning on majoring in mathematics without a statistics major or minor, here is a worksheet to help you plan your course of study.  If you are planning on including a statistics major or minor, you should go here

NOTES:

Students who have seen some calculus before are encouraged to register for MATH 136, Calculus II, or MATH 205, Multivariable Calculus. Students starting in MATH 136 who receive a grade of 2.0 or higher will receive credit for MATH 135. Students starting in MATH 205 who receive a grade of 2.0 or higher will receive credit for MATH 135 and MATH 136. This is true for all students who have taken any calculus course before college. Students unsure of placement within the calculus sequence should talk to any member of the department.

Students planning on majoring in mathematics are encouraged to complete MATH 280 before the end of the sophomore year.

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

Students planning to participate in an off-campus program should seek early advice from the department on the best way to plan their major program.

 

Mathematics Minor

Seven units are required for this minor and must include MATH 135, MATH 136, and MATH 205. The four additional courses must be 200-level or above. STAT 113 and CS 140 may count as 200-level electives. Any course cross-listed as MATH or STAT may also count.

If you are planning on minoring in mathematics without a major or minor in statistics, here is a worksheet to help plan your course of study.  If you are planning on including a statistics major or minor, you should go here. 

Advanced Placement

Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB exam receive credit for MATH 135, and students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam receive credit for MATH 135 and MATH 136.