The mathematics major introduces students to the fundamental areas of mathematics and provides some degree of specialization in one or more areas. It trains students in the analytic thinking characteristic of pure and applied mathematics and provides familiarity with rigorous methods of mathematical proof. In addition to offering a standard Mathematics Major, described below, the department also offers a number of specialized undergraduate tracks for students interested in pursuing careers in bioinformatics or in preparing for teaching: the concentration in Quantitative Biology, the concentration in Preparation for Adolescent Education (grades 7-12), and the concentration in Preparation for Childhood Education (grades 1-6.)
Students interested in pursuing mathematics at the advanced graduate level are urged to participate in the BA/MA program in Mathematics. The BA/MA program in Preparation for Adolescent Education leads to initial certification in adolescent education (grades 7-12) in mathematics. Certification may also be received by completing the BA degree with a Mathematics Major and then completing the MA in adolescent education in mathematics .
A student majoring in mathematics or statistics may become a candidate for departmental honors by successfully completing MATH 49000 or STAT 48600, by presenting a major GPA of at least 3.6 and by achieving a satisfactory rating on a comprehensive examination.
Students should consult the catalog to determine prerequisites necessary for them to enroll in courses that count toward the minor. It is recommended that prospective mathematics minors consult with an undergraduate mathematics adviser concerning course selection.