College of Arts and Sciences


Mathematics and Actuarial Science
About the Department

The Department of Mathematics serves students interested in one or more of the following:

  • Applications of mathematics to the sciences, business, public and environmental affairs, actuarial science, etc.
  • Mathematics teaching at any level
  • Graduate study in mathematics
  • Mathematical research

Students in college-level mathematics courses are generally assumed to have completed two years of high school algebra. All newly enrolled students should take the math placement test to determine their skill level and math class they could enroll in.

Placement testing and counseling are available through the Office of Admissions.

The order in which courses should be taken is shown in the following tree diagram, going from top to bottom:

Math Graph

  • MATH-A 100 and MATH-M 117. For students who lack the background in algebra for freshman-level college mathematics.
  • MATH-M 100. Terminal course for students in the humanities and the Allied Health sciences. Fulfills the Group I mathematics requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • MATH-M 118, MATH-M 119. May be taken in either order. Primarily for majors in business and the social sciences.
  • MATH-M 125-MATH-M 126, MATH-M 127. Preparation for calculus. Need not be taken by students with a strong background in algebra (including analytic geometry and logarithms) and trigonometry may be taken concurrently.
  • MATH-M 215 Calculus. Intended for students majoring in mathematics and the sciences. Recommended as a strong elective in mathematics for others.

In addition to mathematics courses, all majors are strongly encouraged to study another discipline, in depth, which uses mathematics. Courses in physics, chemistry, computer science, and business are recommended. Students must also complete the general requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mathematics introductory courses include

  • MATH-A 100
  • MATH-M 117

Courses for nonmajors include

  • MATH-M 100
  • MATH-M 110
  • MATH-M 118
  • MATH-M 119
  • MATH-M 125
  • MATH-M 126
  • MATH-M 127
  • MATH-K 200
  • MATH-K 300
  • MATH-T 101
  • MATH-T 102
  • MATH-T 103
  • MATH-T 490

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