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Information for Majors



The Major in Mathematics

From the ORC

The major in mathematics is intended both for students who plan careers in mathematics and related fields, and for those who simply find mathematics interesting and wish to continue its study. The content of the major is quite flexible, and courses may be selected largely to reflect student interests. Students who major in mathematics have an opportunity to participate in activities that bring them in close contact with a faculty member—for example, through a small seminar or through an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member. In addition to regular course offerings, a student with specialized interests, not reflected in our current course offerings, often arranges for an independent reading course. Proposals for independent activities should be directed to the Departmental Advisor to Mathematics Majors.

In general, the mathematics major requires the student to pass eight mathematics or computer science courses beyond prerequisites. At least six of the required eight courses must be mathematics, and at least four of these courses must be taken at Dartmouth. In addition, a student must fulfill the College’s requirement for a culminating experience in the major (see below). Additional requirements for honors are described below in a separate section.

Students are encouraged to take MATH 22/ MATH 24 as soon as feasible, since not only is it an explicit prerequisite to many upper-division courses, but also the level of mathematical sophistication developed in MATH 22/ MATH 24 will be presumed in many upper-division courses for which MATH 22/ MATH 24 is not an explicit prerequisite.

The Major in Mathematical Data Science

From the ORC

Statistics has become a ubiquitous tool not only in traditional areas in the natural and social sciences, but in emerging cross-disciplinary fields in data science. The major combines a solid theoretical foundation with application to one or more fields of study.

Students interested in this major should refer to the ORC for details on prerequisites and specific requirements for the major.

Culminating Experience: Majors in Mathematical Data Science must complete a data intensive research project to satisfy the culminating experience. Students may complete this by writing a thesis, completing an independent research project, or completing a course with a significant statistical project. The culminating experience must be approved in advance by the Adviser to Majors.

More Information for Majors

The Applied Math Roadmap — See the vista of applied courses at Dartmouth and their interdependencies.

Pure Math Flowchart — Dartmouth College (Mostly) Pure Mathematics Flowchart.

Who advises majors? — For consistency we have one faculty member who advises all majors.

What are the requirements? — What are my options in becoming a major? How much choice in courses can I exercise? Are there specific recommendations for graduate school, applied mathematics, teaching careers?

Research Opportunities — Want to work with a professor on an ongoing research project? Check out the possibilities.

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