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General Degree Requirements

All mathematics majors must satisfy the following general degree requirements. A total of 124 credit hours is required. Mathematics courses below MA 16100 (except MA 10800) do not count as credit toward graduation.

Mathematics Requirements 43-81 credits
One of the following calculus sequences 12-15 credits
a. MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (5 cr.); MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (5 cr.); and MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.) 14 cr.
b. MA 16500 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I) (4 cr.); MA 16600 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus II) (4 cr.); and MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (4 cr.) 12 cr.
c. Calculus: MA 17300 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry II) (5 cr.) and MA 17400 (Multivariable Calculus) (4 cr.) 9 cr.
d. MA 18100 (Honors Calculus I) (5 cr.) and MA 18200 (Honors Calculus II) (5 cr.) 10 cr.
e. MA 27100 (Several Variable Calculus) 5 cr.
MA 36600 (Differential Equations) (4 cr.) (except for the statistics option). Students transferring from other majors and those getting a second major in mathematics may replace MA 36600 with MA 26600 (with a "B-” or better). 4 cr.
MA 35100 (Linear Algebra) (3 cr.) Students transferring from other majors and those getting a second major in mathematics may replace MA 35100 with MA 26500 (with a "B-” or better). 3 cr.
One of the following seven programs: (Information about courses required in these programs is accessible here.) 24-57 credits
Core Mathematics Option 24 cr
Applied Mathematics Option 27 cr.
Business Mathematics Option 30 cr.
Computer Science Option 24 cr.
Mathematics Education Option 56-57 cr.
Operations Research Option 24 cr.
Statistics Option 27-28 cr.

Free Electives

20-46 credits

Free electives can be selected from any department of the University. Students are encouraged to use free electives to broaden their knowledge. Free-elective credit is not allowed for courses that significantly overlap courses taken to fulfill departmental degree requirements. This excludes, in particular, introductory courses. Students must take at least as many free electives as is needed to bring the credit hour total to 124.

It is recommended that all mathematics majors take MA 10800 (Mathematics as a Profession and a Discipline) as a free elective in their first semester.

Grade Requirement

All mathematics majors must have a graduation index of 2.0 in MA 35100 (Elementary Linear Algebra), MA 36600 (Ordinary Differential Equations) and the courses used to fulfill one of the options.

Service Courses

The following courses are recommended for undergraduate students outside the Department of Statistics or the Department of Mathematics and may not be taken by students within the departments: STAT 11300 (Statistics and Society), 22500 (Introduction to Probability Models), 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods), 50100 (Experimental Statistics I), 50200 (Elementary Statistics II) and 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology).

Other courses recommended for undergraduates outside the department are STAT 31100 (Introductory Probability), 51100 (Satistical Methods), 51200 (Applied Regression Analysis), 51300 (Statistical Quality Control) and 51400 (Design of Experiments). These courses often are taken by undergraduates in statistics or mathematics, or by graduate students in other fields.

Entry into Upper-Division and Honors Courses

The Department of Mathematics accepts students as upper-division majors after they complete MA 35100 (Elementary Linear Algebra) (3 cr.).

Any of the options can be enriched under the honors program. Students who want to maximize their educational opportunities are urged to consider this program.

Many of the required courses can be replaced by more advanced courses. Consult your academic advisor for details.

MA 18100 (Honors Calculus I), MA 18200 (Honors Calculus II), MA 44000 (Real Analysis Honors) and MA 45000 (Algebra Honors) are, respectively, honors versions of Calculus, MA 34100 (Foundations of Analysis) and MA 45300 (Elements of Algebra I). The honors version of a course has more content: material is covered in greater depth and/or more material is covered. Honors courses are recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in any area involving mathematics or simply for those interested in a more challenging and rewarding educational experience.