A set of foundational courses must be completed before acceptance into the major.  The major requires nine courses of which four are core courses and five are advanced courses. In addition, students must satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Foundational Course Requirement

The following foundational courses must be completed before acceptance into the major:

  • MTH 161.  Analysis I
  • MTH 162.  Analysis II
  • MTH 164.  Multidimensional Analysis
  • MTH 165.  Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • PHY 121.  Mechanics
  • PHY 122.  Electricity and Magnetism

Equivalent courses may be substituted for the above. In particular, any of the mathematics honors courses MTH 171, 172, and 174 may be substituted for the equivalent MTH 161, 162, and 164 courses and MTH 173 may be substituted for MTH 165.  The sequence MTH 141-143 may be substituted for the sequence MTH 161-162. Credit granted for AP courses may be used to satisfy foundational requirements.

Core Course Requirement

Students must complete the following four courses. An Honors version of a course can always be substituted for the listed course.

  • MTH 235.  Linear Algebra

The requirement that MTH 235 be taken can also be satisfied by completing MTH 173Q.  MTH 235 should be taken early in the student's major program.

  • MTH 201.  Introduction to Probability
  • MTH 265.  Functions of a Real Variable I
  • MTH 282.  Introduction to Complex Variables with Applications

Advanced Course Requirement

In addition to the core courses, students must complete five 4-credit advanced courses as follows:

  • Three advanced mathematics courses. 

Any mathematics course numbered 200 or above (excepting courses used to satisfy the Core Course Requirement) qualifies as an advanced mathematics course.  

  • Two additional advanced courses with substantial mathematical content.

Courses that employ mathematical language, reasoning or methodology qualify.  Any mathematics course numbered 200 or above qualifies, as do certain non-introductory courses in other departments. The most common courses in other departments that qualify are courses of a quantitative nature from the social and physical sciences, engineering, computer science or statistics, but there are other possibilities.  Selections must be approved by the student's departmental advisor. See Advanced Courses with Substantial Mathematical Content.


Upper Level Writing Requirement.

All majors must also satisfy the mathematics upper-level writing requirement.