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Mathematics and Computer Science

The Major in Mathematics


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The major in mathematics consists of ten course units in mathematics: nine course units in mathematics plus a capstone experience are required. All mathematics majors are required to take the following five courses: Mathematics 170 (or its equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166), Mathematics 171, 211, 216, and 220. In addition, each mathematics major will engage in a capstone experience. Mathematics 370 will serve as the capstone experience for most majors. Successful completion of Mathematics 400-401 (Honors) can serve as an alternative capstone experience, although students who plan to pursue an Honors project are encouraged to take Mathematics 370 in their junior year.

For the additional four mathematics courses that students take to complete the major (other than the five required courses and the capstone experience), students must choose at least one from each of the groups described below. In addition, students must have at least three courses numbered 310-380, 390-399, or 400-401. (One of these three may be Mathematics 370.)

In order that students may understand and experience the breadth of mathematics, the department's major courses (other than the required courses and Mathematics 370) have been grouped into three areas: algebra/geometry topics; analysis topics; and applied mathematics topics. Current catalog courses in each of these areas are as follows:

  • Algebra/geometry: Mathematics 313 and 340.
  • Analysis: Mathematics 221, 327, 328, and 329.
  • Applied mathematics: Mathematics 214, 225, 231, and 332.

As special topics or new courses are offered, they will be placed in the appropriate group.

Students must also choose two co-requisite courses from the following group of four courses: Physics 111, Physics 112, Computer Science 120, and Computer Science 121. Substitutions for this requirement may be made only with the approval of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students planning to teach mathematics in secondary schools must complete the following courses: Mathematics 170 (or its equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166), 171, 211, 216, 220, 231, 313, 340, 370, and one of the following: Mathematics 221, 327, 328, or 329.

Students who are seeking certification in early childhood education with a major in mathematics are required to complete Physics 111. The second co-requisite course is waived for these students. Students who are pursuing early childhood teacher certification with a major in mathematics do not need to complete Mathematics 125.

The Minor in Mathematics

The minor in mathematics consists of five course units in mathematics: Mathematics 170 (or the equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166), 171, and three courses numbered 210 or above, including at least one of the following: Mathematics 216, 220, 231.

The Interdepartmental Major in Mathematics

The six mathematics courses that meet Set I requirements are Mathematics 170 (or its equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166), 171, 211, and three additional courses chosen by the student with the approval of the advisor. Mathematics courses to be taken to satisfy Set II requirements will be determined by the student's prior preparation in mathematics and his or her educational objectives.