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Mathematics today is a dynamic and ever-changing subject, and an important part of a liberal-arts education. Mathematical skills such as data analysis, problem solving, and abstract reasoning are increasingly vital to science, technology, and society itself. Entry-level courses introduce students to basic concepts and tools and hint at some of the power and beauty behind these fundamental results. Upper-level courses and the senior thesis option provide majors with the opportunity to explore mathematical topics in greater depth and sophistication, and delight in the fascination of this "queen of the sciences." During new-student orientation the department assists students planning to study mathematics in choosing an appropriate starting course. Based on a student's academic background and skills, the department recommends Mathematics 101, 105, 106, 205, 206, or a more advanced course. The mathematics department offers a major in mathematics, a secondary concentration in mathematics, and a secondary concentration in computing science.
The major in mathematics consists of: -
Mathematics 205 and 206. -
Mathematics s21, which should be taken during Short Term of the first year. -
Mathematics 301 and 309, which should be taken before beginning a senior thesis or the senior seminar. -
Five elective mathematics or computer science courses numbered 200 or higher. -
A one-hour oral presentation. -
Completion of either a two-semester thesis (Mathematics 457–458) or the senior seminar (Mathematics 395). The thesis option requires departmental approval.
Any mathematics or computer science Short Term unit numbered 30 or above may be used as one of the electives in 4). One elective may also be replaced by a departmentally approved course from another department. Courses used to complete 6) may also be applied to 4). While students must consult with their major advisors in designing appropriate courses of study, the following suggestions may be helpful: For majors considering a career in secondary education the department suggests Mathematics 312, 314, 315, 341, and Computer Science 101 and 102. Students interested in operations research, business, or actuarial science should consider Mathematics 218, 239, 314, 315, 341, s32, and the courses in computer science. Students interested in applied mathematics in the physical and engineering sciences should consider Mathematics 218, 219, 308, 314, 315, 341, and the courses in computer science. Majors planning on graduate study in pure mathematics should particularly consider Mathematics 308, 313, and 457–458. Mathematics majors may pursue individual research either through 360 (Independent Study), s50 (Individual Research), or 457–458 (Senior Thesis).
In addition, the concentration must include at least two courses forming a coherent set. Approved sets include: 1) Analysis: s21 and 301; 2) Algebra: s21 and 309; 3) Geometry: 312 and 313; 4) Mathematical Biology: 155 and either 219 or 341; 5) Actuarial Science: 314 and either 218, 239, 315, or s32; 6) Statistics: 314 and 315; 7) Decision-making/Optimization: 239 and s32; 8) Applied/Engineering Mathematics: 219 and either 218, 308, or 341. The final course in the concentration can be any mathematics or computer science course at the 150 level or above (or a unit at the 20 level or above), or Computer Science 102.
The secondary concentration in computing science consists of seven courses. These include: 1) Computer Science 101, 102; 2) either Computer Science 205 or Mathematics s21; 3) at least two of Computer Science 301, 302, 303, and 304; and 4) two additional courses or units from the following list: all computer science courses at the 200 level or above (or units at the 20 level or above), Mathematics 218, 239, Physics s30, Music 237, and Biology s45. Students interested in a career in computer science should consider not only computer science courses, but also Mathematics 205, 218, 239, 314, and 315.
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