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Theoretical Option

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Theoretical Option (120 Credits)

Mathematics Major Core Requirements

In addition to the UCORE requirements and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements, a mathematics major is required to take 13 core courses and a minimum of 4 additional 300-400-level MATH courses specified by a chosen option. Options include: Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Mathematics. Courses required for the major may not be taken pass/fail, and a 2.0 minimum GPA is required.

Admission to the Major Requirements

1. Applications for admission to the major are accepted at any time during fall and spring semesters. Decisions are made within ten working days of receipt of application. Application forms are available in the Mathematics Department office.
2. Applications are evaluated, and admission decided, by a faculty committee.
3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
4. The mathematics core consists of MATH 171, 172, and 220. These courses (or their equivalent for transfer students) must be completed before application.
5. Students with at least a 2.5 GPA in the mathematics core will be admitted automatically. Those with less than a 2.0 GPA in the mathematics core will normally not be admitted. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
6. Appeals related to admission decisions are considered by the department chairperson.
7. Students who are denied admission may reapply after completing at least 12 more credits, whereupon decisions are based on grades in mathematics, science, and computer science courses; cumulative GPA and grade patterns; and a personal interview.
8. Admitted students whose cumulative GPA or GPA in MATH courses numbered 171 and above falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or who are academically deficient, are subject to release from the major.
9. Applications for readmission are handled in the same manner as admission applications for those previously denied.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab4
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermCredits
CPT S 1214
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 172 or 1824
MATH 220 or 2302 or 3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives4
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 273 or 2832
MATH 3013
PHYSICS 201 [PSCI]3
PHYSICS 211 [PSCI]1
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
MATH 3153
MATH 3981
STAT 3603
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 300 [M]3
MATH 4203
Theoretical Mathematics Option Course13
Electives3
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M]3
MATH 421 [M]3
Theoretical Mathematics Option Course13
Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
MATH 401 [M]3
Theoretical Mathematics Option Course13
Electives9
Second TermCredits
MATH 402 [M]3
MATH 464 [CAPS]3
Electives9
Exit Interview

Footnotes
1Theoretical Mathematics Required Option Courses: Three courses from MATH 302, 325, 403, 415, 441, or 453.

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