The Department of Mathematics offers four degree options designed to meet the needs of students interested in pure mathematics. These options promote competence in abstract thinking, logical rigor, analysis, expository clarity, and critical writing. A student who studies mathematics will develop skills that are invaluable in almost any area of life, from software development to finance to teaching. Such a student will also be well prepared for entry into professional schools of business, law, and medicine.
Current and prospective students considering a degree in mathematics should be excited about proof-writing and ready for a challenging and intellectually stimulating degree program!
Degree requirements for majors declared prior to autumn quarter 2017:
The Philosophy option allows students to combine mathematics and philosophy. The math courses introduce the student to mathematical reasoning; the philosophy courses complement this method of reasoning with methods that have arisen within the historical tradition of philosophy. Students are encouraged to take coursework specifically in the areas of the Philosophy of Science or Mathematics.
The Teacher Preparation option prepares students for teaching careers in secondary or middle schools. The majority of these majors go on to finish a Master's in Teaching. This degree requires students to complete specific coursework designed to give them an in-depth experience in Mathematics. Beyond learning the content of Mathematics, the coursework will teach students how to communicate Mathematics (and their love for the subject) to others.
The Standard option is intended for students who are interested in a versatile degree in Mathematics. Although the requirements for the degree are more liberal than those of the other options, we recommend choosing electives with the idea of gaining more knowledge in a specific area of mathematics, possibly in conjunction with a minor in a related area. Students can choose coursework in algebra, geometry, topology, combinatorics, analysis, number theory, optimization and probability.
For students wanting both a strong foundation and the freedom to shape their program in Mathematics. The B.S. Mathematics- Standard Option gives students coursework in a range of Mathematics courses and is especially suited for students interested in the mathematical sciences.