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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 extremely flexible, and courses may be
selected largely to reflect student interests.
Students who major in mathematics have an opportunity to
participate in activities which 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.
Tracks
Pure Mathematics Track:
This track is intended for students for whom graduate study in pure
mathematics is a possibility, or for those interested in a theoretical
introduction to the major fields in mathematics.
Applied Mathematics Track:
This track is intended for students for whom graduate study in applied
mathematics or any other science is a possibility, or for those
interested in an introduction to the major fields of mathematics with
an emphasis on applications.
Standard Track:
This track is intended for students who wish the freedom to experiment
and develop a coherent major consisting of courses whose contents
closely fit their personal interests. In particular, the required
courses are not specifically geared towards graduate school in
mathematics or a related area.
Teaching: Certification as a public school Mathematics
teacher is available through partnership with the Education
Department. Contact the Education Department for details about course
requirements.
Requirements: The prerequisites for all tracks are
essentially the same: three terms of calculus, and a linear algebra
course. The required courses for the major include an abstract
algebra course, an analysis course, and six other courses (generally)
numbered 20 or above. Among the six may be one or two computer
science courses. And, of course, in addition to the above
requirements is the College requirement for a ``culminating
experience,'' the options for which are described below. For details,
please consult the ORC.