20152016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mathematics, BA


Return to: Academic Offerings Chair:
Uday Banerjee
215 Carnegie Building
3154431472
Major Advisors:
S.P. Diaz, L. Kovalev, D. Zacharia.
Faculty
Uday Banerjee, Pinyuen Chen, Dan Coman, J. Theodore Cox, Steven Diaz, Helen M. Doerr, Jack E. Graver, Philip S. Griffin, Peter D. Horn, Tadeusz Iwaniec, HyuneJu Kim, Mark Kleiner, Leonid Kovalev, Loredana Lanzani, Graham J. Leuschke, Adam Lutoborski, Joanna O. Masingila, Terry R. McConnell, Claudia Miller, Jani Onninen, Evgeny Poletsky, Declan Quinn, Lixin Shen, John Ucci, Gregory Verchota, Andrew Vogel, William Volterman, Yi (Grace) Wang, Stephan Wehrli, William Wylie, Yuan Yuan, Dan Zacharia
All students who plan to take any courses in mathematics should take the Mathematics Placement Examination. Those who do not pass the algebra portion of the test are advised to take MAT 112 as their first mathematics course.
Students who complete any calculus course numbered 284 or higher with a grade of C or better are exempt from the quantitative skills requirement. Otherwise, students may satisfy the quantitative skills requirement by passing two courses in an approved sequence, as described in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Handbook. Students who have been awarded credits in calculus on the basis of the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination may use those credits to satisfy this requirement.
There are two calculus sequences, MAT 285 , MAT 286 and MAT 295 , MAT 296 , MAT 397 . Advisors are available in the Department of Mathematics to assist students in the choice of the appropriate calculus sequence, which is very important since switching sequences is difficult. Furthermore, only one of MAT 284 or MAT 285 may be taken for credit. Students cannot receive credit for MAT 284 or MAT 285 after successful completion of MAT 295 . Also, students cannot receive credit for MAT 295 after successful completion of MAT 286 .
As a preliminary requirement for the mathematics major, students complete 18 credits in the following classes with no grade below a C: MAT 295 , MAT 296 , MAT 331 , MAT 397 , and MAT 375 . These courses are prerequisites for most upperdivision courses. The following sequence is recommended: MAT 295 in the first semester; MAT 296 in the second semester; MAT 331 , MAT 397 in the third semester; and MAT 375 when appropriate. However, students with knowledge of trigonometry and a year of high school calculus may be able to enter the sequence at MAT 296 or even MAT 397 ; students with less preparation may be advised to complete MAT 194 before beginning the calculus sequence. Students considering becoming mathematics majors are strongly encouraged to talk to a mathematics major advisor as soon as possible. Computer science students (only) who have credit for CIS 375 , and are pursuing a dual major in mathematics, need not take MAT 375 .
Students who plan to pursue graduate study in mathematics should obtain the B.S. degree and consider taking at least one firstyear graduate (600level) course.
