A set of foundational courses must be completed before acceptance into the major.  The major requires eleven courses of which five are core courses and six 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

Equivalent courses may be substituted for the above. In particular, MTH163 can be substituted for MTH165 although MTH165 is recommended for math majors and anyone planning to take MTH235.  Also, any of the mathematics honors courses MTH 171Q, 172Q, and 174Q may be substituted for the equivalent MTH 161, 162, and 164 courses and MTH 173Q 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 five 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 236.  Introduction to Algebra I
  • MTH 240.  Introduction to Topology
  • 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 six 4-credit advanced courses as follows:

  • Four 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.