Revisions to the Math Major
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has revised the requirements for the mathematics major, beginning in 202425. The revisions incorporate several new classes that will be taught for the first time in 202324. 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.
Students who plan to declare the major during 202324 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) and MA221 (Advanced Linear Algebra)
MA275 (Sequences and Series)
New Math Major Requirements
Total courses required, assuming no prior credit: 14.
Required Introductory Courses
 MA120: Applied Linear Algebra
 MA125: PreCalculus & Calculus or MA126: Calculus 1
 MA129: Calculus 2
Required MidLevel Courses
 MA204: Calculus 3
 MA221: Advanced Linear Algebra
 MA275: Sequences and Series
 ONE OF: MA201: Discrete Math, MA237: Statistical Methods 1, or MA251: Number Theory
Required UpperLevel Courses
 ONE OF: MA321: Abstract Algebra 1 or MA375: Real Analysis 1
 ONE OF: MA313: Probability or MA315: Ordinary Differential Equations
Electives
 Four oneunit elective courses, at the 200level or above (not taken as required courses)
 At most one course can be at the 200 level. The department maintains a list of nonmathematics courses that can substitute for this 200level elective
 At least one of these electives must be at the 400level
 Independent study course (MA255, MA355, MA455) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement
Thesis
 Students must complete a senior thesis, which includes taking MA499 and presenting their work in a written thesis as well as a departmental talk or poster.
Talk Attendance
 Students must fulfill the talk attendance and writeup requirement as described on the department’s web page.
Prerequisite Revisions
Course 
Prerequisites Beginning in 202425 

MA110: Mathematical Explorations 
None 
MA117: Elem Prob and Stats 
None 
MA120: Applied Linear Algebra 
None 
MA125/MA126: Calculus 1 
None 
MA129: Calculus 2 
MA125 or MA126 
MA201: Foundations of Discrete Mathematics 
Any two of: MA117, MA217, MA120, MA125, MA126, MA129 or equivalent 
MA204: Calculus 3 
MA129 
MA217: Intro Probability and Statistics 
MA125 or MA126. No Credit after MA117 
MA221: Advanced Linear Algebra 
MA120 Applied Linear Algebra and one of: MA117, MA217, MA125, MA126, MA129 or equivalent 
MA237: Statistical Methods 1 
MA217 or (MA117 and either MA125 or MA126) 
MA251: Number Theory 
Any two of: MA117, MA217, MA120, MA125, MA126, MA129 or equivalent 
MA256: Mathematical Biology 
MA120, either MA125 or MA126 and 1 college biology course 
MA275: Sequences and Series 
MA129 
MA300: Geometry 
MA120 and any two of: MA201, MA221, MA251, MA275 
MA313: Probability 
MA120 and MA204 
MA315: Ordinary Differential Equations 
MA120 and MA275 
MA321: Abstract Algebra 1 
MA221 and MA251

MA325: Graph Theory 
MA120 and either MA201 or MA251 
MA375: Real Analysis 1 
MA204 and MA275 and one of (MA201, MA221 or MA251) 
MA400: Topology 
Mathematics 375 
MA408: History of Mathematics 
(Mathematics 321 and 375) or one of these courses and consent of instructor 
MA410: Complex Analysis 
consent of instructor or Mathematics 375. 
MA416: Partial Differential Equations 
Mathematics 315 or some experience with ordinary differential equations with consent of instructor 
MA417: Mathematical Statistics 
MA313 and either MA117 or MA217 
MA418: Numerical Analysis 
Mathematics 315 or some experience of ordinary differential equations with consent of instructor 
MA421: Abstract Algebra 2 
MA321 
MA475: Real Analysis 2 
MA375 