• Mathematics (Undergraduate)

  • Requirements

    Major
    General Track

    MAT 1412, 1413, 1510, 1520, 1521, 2105, and 12 additional credits in mathematics electives numbered 1500 and higher; also three correlate courses chosen from the course offerings in physics, computer science and economics (PHY 1041-1042 R&L and COM 1300 are strongly recommended). 

    Computer Track

    MAT 1412, 1413, 1510, 2105, and any two of the following electives: MAT 1520, 1521, 2215, 2461, 2462, 2601, 2651, 5000-level courses. Also COM 1300, 1320, 1504, 1621, 2113, 2545, and one of COM 3610, 3640.

    Pre-Actuarial Track

    MAT 1412, 1413, 1510, 2105, 2461, 2462, and any two of the following: 5302, 5215, 5256, 5257, or 5267. Also two electives in mathematics numbered 1500 or higher. Required correlate courses: ECO 1031, ECO 1041, COM 1300, plus an additional elective in Economics (strongly recommended: ECO 1421). 

    Students are urged to take "honors" versions of the above courses, which will in every case be accepted as a substitute for the generic version. Students who are interested in becoming actuaries after graduation should apply for an actuarial internship in the summer before their senior year. They are urged to contact the Career Center in the fall semester of their junior year. It is recommended that applicants for actuarial internships have completed at least one of the professional exams before applying; for information on the professional exams, see beanactuary.org.

    Beginning Fall, 2013, either or both of the courses "Natural World" or "Experimental and Quantitative Methods" may be used as correlates for the Mathematics major. But if either or both of these courses are used as correlates, the three courses used to satisfy the correlate requirement must also include COM 1300C. Similarly, a first-year seminar in economics, computer science, or physics may be used to satisfy a correlate requirement if and only if COM 1300C is also used to satisfy a correlate requirement.

     

    The college exit requirement for the mathematics major may be satisfied by any one of the following:
    1. Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in Mathematics
    2. First Actuarial Exam
    3. Major Field Achievement Test in Mathematics
    4. Putnam Examination

    A failed exam may be retaken once. A departmental exam may be given, at the discretion of the chair, after the second failure. A departmental exam will not be given unless there are special circumstances. A failed departmental exam may not be retaken.

    Minor


    MAT 1412, 1413, 1510, 2105 and 6 additional credits in mathematics electives numbered 1500 or higher.

    The normal sequence of courses in the first two years is 1412, 1413, 1510, and 2105. A mathematics placement examination is administered at the beginning of the semester to all students enrolled in MAT 1412. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory grade on the placement examination will be requested to transfer to MAT 1160.

     

    Department policy on exemption tests:

    Exemption tests will only be considered for the courses COM 1300C, MAT 1412, MAT 1413. Such tests may only be used to register for the next course in the appropriate sequence: COM 1320C, MAT 1413, or MAT 1510, respectively. Exemption tests will not be given unless the course was taken previously, either as an AP high school course or in a college or university. Even in that case, a valid reason must be given for the test. (For example, an exemption test may not be used to replace a grade that was too low to transfer; but it may be used, for example, for a course taken at a foreign university under a different system than ours.) A student who places out of a required course via an exemption test must replace the course with an advanced elective. No credit will be given as a result of an exemption test. Calculus AP or BC courses may be used for advanced placement, with credit, only if the score received was a 5.


     

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