Special Interest Tracks
Special interest tracks
Students with special interests in teaching, applied mathematics, statistics, and/or graduate school may wish to supplement the basic major with additional coursework. The Dept has some suggested program tracks emphasizing these interests.
Groups of courses designed to include the major requirements along with courses that support certain special interests.
General track
We recommend making choices and supplementing the standard major from among the following:

CP 122 Computer Science I
 One of
 One of
 Two related courses from a field outside mathematics that makes substantial use of mathematics (For example, PC 241 and PC 242)
Statistics track
Ideally, the major should complete these courses by the end of the indicated year.
First year:

MA 126 Calculus 1

MA 129 Calculus 2
 (Optional) One of:
 EC 215 Economics and Social Statistics
 BY 220 Statistical Analysis
Second year:

MA 204 Calculus 3

MA 230 Combinatorics (Optional; recommended if planning to take MA 313)

MA 251 Number Theory
Third year:
Fourth year:

MA 375 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis

MA 417 Mathematical Statistics
 One of the two following pairs of courses:
In addition, we strongly encourage statistics students to take one or more of the following courses from outside mathematics:
 EC 450 Econometrics
 PY 201 Research Design in Psychology
 SO 412 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Applied Math track
We recommend that students interested in this track choose MA 417 from the options listed in the section describing the standard major. Students who plan to study engineering are advised to consider their math electives from the suggested courses in this track.
To meet and supplement the remaining 300 and 400 level requirements we recommend:
In addition, we recommend the following 200 level courses:
Also, we advise that applied math students take (at least) two courses in a department of natural science outside mathematics, or in economics. Here are some suggestions:

 BY 208 Ecology
 BY 210 Cell Biology
 BY 212 Plant Diversity and Evolution

 CH 107 General Chemistry I
 CH 108 General Chemistry II

 EV 211 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science
 Check course offerings for an additional course

 GY 130 Introductory Geology (2 units)

 PC 241 Introduction to Classical Physics
 PC 242 Introduction to Classical Physics

 PY 100 Introduction to Psychology
 PY 201 Research Design in Psychology
 PY 312 Neuroscience
 PY 324 Perception
 PY 332 Learning and Adaptive Behavior

 EC 203 Principles of Economics (2 units)
 EC 204 Principles of Microeconomics
 EC 205 Principles of Macroeconomics
 EC 450 Econometrics
Secondary Teaching track
Ideally, the major should complete these courses by the end of the indicated year:
First year:

MA 126 Calculus 1

MA 129 Calculus 2
 One of:
 EC 215 Economics and Social Statistics
 BY 220 Statistical Analysis

MA 117 Probability and Statistics
Second year:

MA 204 Calculus 3

MA 230 Combinatorics (recommended if planning to take MA 313)
 MA 251 Number Theory

MA 220 Linear Algebra
 One sequence from among:
 PC 141, PC 142 Introductory Physics I and II
 PC 241, PC 242 Introductory Classical Physics I and II
Third year:

MA 321,MA 322 Abstract Algebra I and II (omit MA 322 if you plan to take MA 376)

MA 217 Probability and Statistical Modeling (alternatively, take an introductory statistics course in another department.)
 CP 122 Computer Science I
 One of:
 One of:
Fourth year:
Graduate School track
We recommend supplementing the standard major by completing all of the following:

MA 322 Abstract Algebra II

MA 376 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis II

MA 345 Research in Mathematics

MA 410 Complex Analysis

MA 399 Seminar in Mathematics (1/2 unit)
 One other 400 level mathematics course
The material in the first three courses is important to meet entrance requirements and also for the subject GRE. MA 345 allows a chance to see if you enjoy mathematical research. The second 400 level course helps develop the depth necessary for a transition to graduate school.
We also recommend a beginning in either German, French or Russian. Most Ph.D. and many master's programs require one or two of these languages for graduation (but not for admission).
Graduate school track in statistics, applied math or computer science
We suggest following the relevant track and supplementing it with an additional 400 level course (to develop mathematical depth) and other courses tailored to suit your interests and the entrance requirements of the graduate programs you are considering. Your advisor can help you plan your coursework. MA 345 (Research in mathematics), MA 355 and MA455 (Independent Study) provide opportunities for students to investigate topics not offered in courses. These may involve research, interdisciplinary projects, or supervised internships off campus.
In addition, as most graduate programs in math and science require a reading knowledge of French, Russian or German, we recommend you study one of these languages while you are at CC. Most universities have sites on the World Wide Web that make available information for prospective graduate students, such as entrance requirements, special programs, course descriptions, etc, as well as general campus information. To access these sites, try using the address http://www.schoolname.edu, where you substitute the school's name, possibly in abbreviated form, for the italics (ex. umn for the University of Minnesota).
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