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Undergraduate Program

BA in Mathematics Requirements

Students looking to complete a BA in mathematics must complete the required courses in the following areas:

For more information speak to a mathematics advisor or see the undergraduate handbook.

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Foundational Course Requirement

Students must complete the 160 calculus sequence, or its equivalent* before being accepted into the major:

  • MTH 161: Calculus IA
  • MTH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

* The following equivalent courses may be substituted for the requirements above:

  • MTH 163 for MTH 165
  • MTH 171, 172, and 174 for the equivalent MTH 161, 162, and 164
  • MTH 173 for MTH 165
  • MTH 141-143 for MTH 161-162

AP courses may also be used to satisfy foundational requirements.

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Core Course Requirement

Students must satisfy the following three core requirements:

I.    MTH 235: Linear Algebra*

II.   One of the following:

  • MTH 236: Introduction to Algebra
  • MTH 240: Introduction to Topology

III.  One of the following:

  • MTH 201: Introduction to Probability
  • MTH 255: Differential Geometry
  • MTH 265: Functions of a Real Variable I
  • MTH 263: Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • MTH 282: Introduction to Complex Variables with Applications
  • MTH 285: Methods of Applied Mathematics

An honors version of a course can always be substituted for the listed course.

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

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Advanced Course Requirement

* Any mathematics course numbered 200 or above (excepting courses used to satisfy the core course requirement) qualifies as an advanced mathematics course.

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Upper Level Writing Requirement

The department believes that the ability to write coherently on a mathematical topic, in a way that is acceptable to the general mathematical community, is an essential part of a successful major in mathematics.

To satisfy the upper level writing requirement, students must pass two courses, which may be any of the following types:

  • An upper level, four credit mathematics course carrying a W designation, including MTH 200W or MTH 300W
  • MTH 391W, a one credit course, taken in conjunction with either MTH 174 or any 200 level mathematics course with the prior approval of the instructor, or independently of any course in consultation with a faculty member
  • At most one 4-credit course, approved in advance by the student's adviser in the mathematics department, satisfying the upper level writing requirement in another department. Note: WRT 275 (Communicating Your Professional Identity in Mathematics) is treated as an upper level writing course from another department.


Students with special interests may want to look at our page of suggested tracks.

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