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Options and Requirements for Math majors



  • Propaganda

    • The major in mathematics is intended both for students who plan careers in mathematics and related fields, and for those who simply find mathematics interesting and wish to continue its study.

    • The content of the major is extremely flexible, and courses may be selected largely to reflect student interests.

    • Students who major in mathematics have an opportunity to participate in activities which bring them in close contact with a faculty member ... for example, through a small seminar or through an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member.

  • Tracks

    • Pure Mathematics Track: This track is intended for students for whom graduate study in pure mathematics is a possibility, or for those interested in a theoretical introduction to the major fields in mathematics.

    • Applied Mathematics Track: This track is intended for students for whom graduate study in applied mathematics or any other science is a possibility, or for those interested in an introduction to the major fields of mathematics with an emphasis on applications.

    • Standard Track: This track is intended for students who wish the freedom to experiment and develop a coherent major consisting of courses whose contents closely fit their personal interests. In particular, the required courses are not specifically geared towards graduate school in mathematics or a related area.

    • Teaching: Certification as a public school Mathematics teacher is available through partnership with the Education Department. Contact the Education Department for details about course requirements.

    • Requirements: The prerequisites for all tracks are essentially the same: three terms of calculus, and a linear algebra course. The required courses for the major include an abstract algebra course, an analysis course, and six other courses (generally) numbered 20 or above. Among the six may be one or two computer science courses. And, of course, in addition to the above requirements is the College requirement for a ``culminating experience,'' the options for which are described below. For details, please consult the ORC.