Mathematics Major

The Mathematics major is based on a variety of courses in pure and applied mathematics. Students who complete the major will acquire a broad background in the fundamental branches of classical and modern analysis, algebra and discrete structures, differential equations and applications, probability theory, and both theoretical and applied statistics. The major will provide an invaluable opportunity for students interested in developing significant mathematical skills with a selection of advanced courses, which will introduce them to some modern lines of contemporary mathematics and its applications to other sciences. The major prepares students for professional careers or advanced academic work not only in mathematics but also in many mathematics-intensive areas such as quantitative finance, actuary science, economics, computer science, natural sciences, and many more.

The Mathematics curriculum is designed to enable all graduates to achieve the following skill- or competency-based student outcomes:

  • articulate basic and advanced mathematical information accurately and effectively 
  • learn classical and modern mathematical theories, models and techniques 
  • show mastery of basic and specialized mathematical knowledge and skills 
  • create models of real phenomena and analyze them using a broad background of methods from classical and modern analysis, algebra, discrete mathematics, probability theory, theoretical and applied statistics 
  • work as an effective individual and as a part of a team on problems and projects requiring specific mathematical knowledge 
  • gain abilities to abstract essential information, make correct logical deductions, read, understand and construct solutions of multiple-step problems from various areas of pure and applied mathematics.

Some of our graduates have gone on to successfully complete postgraduate degree programs in prestigious universities in the US such as Northwestern University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh, the Johns Hopkins University, etc. Some have participated in prestigious international summer schools, research conferences, and workshops such as the  Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehevot, Israel, and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.
Total: 12 courses

Required Courses (7 courses):
 MAT 103 Calculus I
 MAT 104 Calculus II
 MAT 105 Elementary Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry
 MAT 201 Mathematical Statistics
 MAT 205 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
 MAT 212 Calculus III
 MAT 213 Introduction to Differential Equations

Elective Courses (5 courses):
Five (5) additional MAT courses, at least three (3) of which must be selected from the following list:

MAT 214 Numerical Analysis
MAT 225 Advanced Linear Algebra
MAT 305 Topics in Abstract Algebra
MAT 313 Calculus IV
MAT 314 Complex Analysis
MAT 491/492 Senior Thesis

Note: The major requirements may be completed with any other Math courses, except for MAT 100 and MAT 102.

Note: After consultation with the Mathematics faculty, one (1) of the elective courses can be replaced with courses in other disciplines which use essential mathematics, such as: COS 250, COS 460, ECO 300, ECO 310, ECO 400.

Disciplinary Honors in Mathematics
Disciplinary honors may be given to a Mathematics major who upon graduation has met the following requirements:

  • has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses in the Mathematics major. 
  • has undertaken a Mathematics senior thesis and has successfully completed and publicly defended the project in front of a panel of Mathematics faculty. 
  • has received a grade of A for the Mathematics senior thesis.

Based upon the overall performance in the Mathematics major and the thesis sophistication and/or originality, the Mathematics faculty will decide whether or not to confer Honors in Mathematics.

A completed senior thesis counts as a state exam.

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