There are five
distinct concentration programs in mathematics:
- Pure Mathematics
- Honors Program
- Mathematical Sciences
- Actuarial Mathematics and Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management
- Secondary Mathematics Teaching Certificate
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.
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