Planning for a Major

Students interested in pursuing any major granted by the Mathematical Sciences Department should speak with an undergraduate advisor to plan their course of study and declare their major. Students pursuing a major should meet regularly with their advisor to adjust the course of study as necessary.

Preparatory Curriculum

No matter which major students pursue, the following courses, or their equivalent, are required:

  • Math 231, 232, and 233 (Calculus series)
  • Math 234 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) or Math 240 (Matrices and Applications)
  • A course in computer programming using a modern, high-level language

The department also recommends calculus based physics. Some majors have additional required preparatory curricula.


The Mathematics major has been designed to be flexible so that students could complete their major requirements via courses that match their interests and goals. Many students should find it relatively easy to complete double majors in mathematics and another subject.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is the mathematical analysis of problems in economics, finance, and insurance. It requires knowledge of statistics, probability, and interest theory and how they relate to financial issues.

Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

The Applied Mathematics and Computer Science major combines core subjects in the two fields, preparing students for work in industrial and technology fields.

Data Science

Data science uses large sets of data — sometimes millions of pieces of data — to describe or solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Data scientists use those large sets of information to describe what’s happening, explain why it’s happening, predict what’s likely to happen and make decisions about what action to take.


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