# Planned Revision to the Math Major

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science plans to revise the requirements for the mathematics major, beginning in 2024-25. The revisions incorporate several new classes that will be taught for the first time in 2023-24. The revised major will be more flexible than the prior requirements, allowing students to focus mainly on pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics – or to sample from all of these areas. The new requirements listed below are a draft and not yet finalized. We expect that the final revision will be very close to this, so it is still useful for planning your courses.

Students who plan to declare the major in spring 2023 or during 2023-24 should consult with a faculty member in the department to determine whether the new major or old major requirements are a better fit for their background and interests.

## Notes on specific classes

#### MA120 (Applied Linear Algebra)

#### MA275 (Sequences and Series)

## New Math Major Requirements (Draft)

### Total courses required, assuming no prior credit: 14.

#### Required Introductory Courses

- Calculus 1 (MA125 or MA126), Calculus 2 (MA129), Calculus 3 (MA204)
- Applied Linear Algebra (MA120)

#### Required Mid-Level Courses

- Linear Algebra 2 (MA220)
- Sequences and Series (MA275)
- ONE OF: Discrete Math (MA201), Statistical Methods 1 (MA237), or Number Theory (MA251)

#### Required Upper-Level Courses

- ONE OF: Abstract Algebra 1 (MA321) or Real Analysis 1 (MA375)
- ONE OF: Probability (MA313) or Ordinary Differential Equations (MA315)

#### Electives

- At least one must be at the 400- level
- Two 200-level electives (not taken as required courses) can replace one 300-level elective. The department also maintains a list of non-mathematics courses that can count as one of these 200-level electives

#### Capstone

Students must complete a senior thesis (which includes taking MA499) **OR** take History of Mathematics (MA408).

## Planned Prerequisite Revisions

Course |
Prerequisites Beginning in 2024-25 |
---|---|

MA117: Elem Prob and Stats |
None |

MA120: Applied Linear Algebra |
None |

MA125/MA126: Calculus 1 |
None |

MA129: Calculus 2 |
MA125 or MA126 |

MA201: Discrete Math |
Two 100-level math courses |

MA204: Calculus 3 |
MA129 |

MA217: Intro Prob and Stats |
MA126 |

MA220: Linear Algebra 2 |
MA120 |

MA237: Statistical Methods 1 |
MA217 OR (MA117 AND MA126) |

MA251: Number Theory |
Two 100- level math courses |

MA256: Mathematical Biology |
MA120 AND MA126 |

MA275: Sequences and Series |
MA129 |

MA300: Geometry |
MA220 OR MA251 |

MA313: Probability |
MA204 AND MA275 |

MA315: Ordinary Differential Equations |
MA120 AND MA275 |

MA321: Abstract Algebra 1 |
MA220 AND MA251 |

MA325: Graph Theory |
MA220 AND (MA201 OR MA251) |

MA375: Real Analysis 1 |
MA204 AND MA275 AND (MA220 OR MA251) |

MA400: Topology |
MA375 |

MA408: History of Mathematics |
MA321 AND MA375 |

MA410: Complex Analysis |
MA375 |

MA416: Partial Differential Equations |
MA204 AND MA275 AND MA315 |

MA417: Mathematical Statistics |
MA237 AND MA313 |

MA418: Numerical Analysis |
MA275 AND MA315 |

MA421: Abstract Algebra 2 |
MA321 |

MA475: Real Analysis 2 |
MA375 |