Mathematics Requirements

Mathematics Major Requirements

Minimum of 12 courses in mathematics and 1 in physics, distributed as follows:

Five foundation courses:

  • MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus
  • MATH  233 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH  220 Linear Algebra
  • MATH  235 Advanced Single Variable Calculus
  • MATH  320 Introduction to Abstraction

Two core courses:

  • MATH  420 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH  431 Introduction to Real Analysis

One course in applied mathematics, selected from: 

  • MATH  311 Differential Equations
  • MATH  381 Mathematical Modeling

Two courses involving advanced independent study:

  • MATH  390 Junior Seminar
  • MATH  490 Senior Project

Two additional mathematics electives:

  • any two mathematics courses at the 300 or 400 level. Some mathematics related courses from other departments will be considered.

One course in physics:

  • PHYS 201 General Physics I

Mathematics Major Four-Year Scheduling

A math major is very structured and sequential, because the courses all have certain prerequisites. Below is a typical four year Math major schedule:

Fall January Spring

First Year

Single Variable Calculus (a)
Or Multivariable Calculus (b)
(if AP or other credit for
SVC/Calculus 1)

  Mulitvariable Calculus (a)
Advanced SVCalculus (b)

Second Year

Linear Algebra
Math Elective

  Intro to Abstraction
Advanced SVCalculus (a)
General Physics 1

Third Year

Abstract Algebra
Math Elective

 Junior Seminar Real Analysis
Math Elective

Fourth Year

Math Elective

  Senior Capstone
Math Elective

In addition, most other 300 and 400 level courses have at least Multivariable Calculus and Advanced Single Variable Calculus as prerequisites, and many also require Linear Algebra.

Three Mathematics Electives are required and at least one of them must be Differential Equations or Mathematical Modeling.  General Physics 1 is also required and this is offered every Spring term. In addition, most 300 and 400 level courses have at least Multivariable Calculus and Advanced Single Variable Calculus as prerequisites, and many also require Linear Algebra.

The most popular electives have been:

MATH 333 – Advanced Multivariable Calculus (every January Term)
MATH 311 – Differential Equations (every Spring Term)
MATH 308 – Mathematical Probability & Statistics (alternate Fall Term)
MATH 326 – Mathematical Modeling (alternate Fall Term)
MATH 337 – Number Theory (alternate Spring Term)
MATH 341 -Complex Analysis (alternate Spring Term)

Actuarial Mathematics Major Requirements

The actuarial mathematics major program is designed to combine broad education in mathematics with economics, business administration, and finance. Students will build not only the necessary background to manage institutional financial risk, but also a rigorous and logical way of thinking.

Upon completion of the actuarial mathematics major, students will be prepared for two of the examinations (P and FM) of the Society of Actuaries. 

Minimum of 12 courses in mathematics and 1 in physics, distributed as follows:

Five foundation courses:

  • MATH 121, 233 Single Variable and Multivariable
    Calculus—normally taken freshman year
  • MATH 220 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 235 Advanced Single Variable Calculus
  • MATH 320 Introduction to Abstraction

Two overview courses:

  • MATH 420 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 431 Introduction to Real Analysis

One course in applied mathematics, selected from:

  • MATH 311 Differential Equations
  • MATH 375 Optimization Techniques
  • MATH 381 Mathematical Modeling

Two additional Mathematics courses at the 300 or 400 level

Two advanced directed studies:

  • MATH 390 Junior Seminar
  • MATH 491 Senior Capstone Seminar

One course in physics:

PHYS 201 General Physics I


Mathematics Minor Requirements

Notify department of intent as soon as possible, and complete a minimum of seven courses, distributed as follows:

Four foundation courses in calculus and linear algebra:

  • MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus
  • MATH 233 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 220 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 235 Advanced Single Variable Calculus

Three additional mathematics electives:

  • Any three mathematics courses at the 300 or 400 level. Some mathematics related courses from other departments will be considered.
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