Undergraduate Program

Concentration Programs

There are five distinct concentration programs in mathematics:

  1. Pure Mathematics
  2. Honors Program
  3. Mathematical Sciences
  4. Actuarial Mathematics and Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management
  5. Secondary Mathematics Teaching Certificate

    Furthermore, the concentrator in the Mathematical Sciences Program may choose to specialize in one of eight subprograms called Program Options. Although each of these programs has its own requirements and conditions, there are many common features. Each program has as a prerequisite completion of one of the calculus sequences and requires courses selected from certain sub-areas of mathematics. Each also allows for substantial choice among the more specialized and cognate courses to accommodate a variety of student interests. Students are urged to discuss their ultimate career goals with an advisor at an early stage to ensure that an appropriate program is planned. This is particularly important for the student who envisions the possibility of doing graduate work in mathematics or another mathematical discipline. The Pure and Honors programs are the best preparation for graduate study in mathematics, but with appropriate course selection, others will also serve this purpose. In any case, such a program should include Math 412 and 451, and ideally 452, 512 and 513.

All mathematics students are strongly encouraged to use Physics 140-240 as their Natural Science distribution requirement and to acquire facility with computers and their languages. Many of the careers open to mathematics concentrators involve heavy use of computing and students preparing for such a career should take several computing courses.

Students are required to complete at least 24 credit hours for the Mathematics concentration in residence. At least 6 of these credit hours should be from the basic courses (part II), and at least 9 credits hours should be from the elective requirement (part III) and the cognate requirement (part IV). Upper-level courses taken at another college or university can be used to satisfy concentration requirements only with written permission of the Director of Undergraduate Programs. Documentation (syllabus and text) is required verifying the equivalence of the external course.

Students who intend to concentrate in mathematics and receive a grade of C- or lower in Math 217 should repeat this course before proceeding further. By LSA rules, to be awarded a degree in Mathematics a student must maintain an average GPA of at least 2.0 in all Mathematics courses and other courses used to fulfill concentration requirements. For courses that the student elects more than once, all elections which result in a grade of D+ or lower, but only one election which results in a grade of C- or above, will be counted. Note that by LSA rules, courses fulfilling concentration requirements may not be elected pass/fail.


Department of Mathematics   |   2074 East Hall   |   530 Church Street  
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043
Phone: 734.764-0335   |   Fax: 734.763-0937

The page last modified Wednesday, 02-Sep-2015 15:25:55 EDT
Site errors should be directed to math-webmaster@umich.edu