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:

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

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

  • MATH 163 for MATH 165
  • MATH 171, 172, and 174 for the equivalent MATH 161, 162, and 164
  • MATH 173 for MATH 165
  • MATH 141-143 for MATH 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.    MATH 235: Linear Algebra*

II.   One of the following:

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

III.  One of the following:

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

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

* The requirement that MATH 235 be taken can also be satisfied by completing MATH 173. MATH 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

To satisfy the upper level writing requirement, students must pass two upper level writing courses of a certain type.


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

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