Information about the Mathematics Major and Combined Programs
Department Goals
At the end of our program in Mathematics, the successful
graduate will be able to:
- Solve mathematical problems;
- Communicate mathematical ideas effectively
both orally and in writing;
- Learn new mathematics independently;
- Evaluate mathematical arguments;
- Have depth of study in at least one area of mathematics;
- Have basic understanding of several branches of
mathematics.
Department Assessment
The Department of Mathematics assesses each student via several
modes, including
- Successful completion of the gateway course (Math 260), with an
adequate grade.
- Successful completion of the required curriculum, as described
in the College catalog.
- A passing score on the
senior written examination in Mathematics, provided early
in the Fall of the senior year.
- A passing score on the senior oral examination, provided
in the Spring of the senior year.
To specifically address the goals in items (1), (2), (3) and
(5), the department requires all mathematics seniors to complete
the Senior Project course (Math 495-6). In this course, students
are paired with a member of the department, they choose a specific
topic in mathematics to study, then study that topic in depth.
Students learn how to express mathematical
ideas orally to their peers, in writing in weekly journals, and
at the end of the year, they present their topic to the
department and turn in complete a write up of their work which
is then archived on the department website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the typical minors that students get with the Applied
Math major?
The requirement of the minor is to provide an area of application
for your mathematics. Therefore, the typical minors
are in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and others in Division III.
Specifically not allowed are minors in Mathematics or
Computer Science. Other minors are possible; any choice you make
needs to be approved by the department.
- How are the senior assessments different for
the combined Econ-Math majors?
Econ-Math majors will take the same written examination as Mathematics
majors, but
the oral examination will be scheduled in consultation with the Econ
department. Typically, the oral examination from the mathematics
side will be questions from Math 338 (Prob/Stats) or Math 300 (Linear
Algebra) or something else at that level with the approval of the
oral exam committee.
If an Econ-Math major wishes to pursue honors, the honors project
may be done in Economics (it need not be both in Mathematics and
Economics). Students in the combined major do not need to take
Math 495-6 (the senior project).
- How are the senior assessments different for combined Physics-Math majors?
Physics-Math majors will also take the same written examination
as Mathematics majors, but the oral examination is done in consultation
with the Physics department. From the Mathematics side,
Physics-Math students are typically
questioned about Math 244 (Differential Equations) or Math 300 (Linear
Algebra). Students in the combined major do not need to take
Math 495-6.
- I would like to pursue Honors in Major Study.
What do I need to do?
- Spring, Junior Year:
Read the catalog to be sure you understand the qualifications
and talk to your advisor. During the Spring semester of your
junior year you will decide if you want to pursue candidacy
to honors in major study and if so, decide on a suitable
project and advisor for the Senior Project course.
You will write a proposal for your honors project/thesis at
this time. For the best chance at department approval,
be sure your proposal reads like a proposal for Honors; be sure you
are writing at your best; your proposal should be well thought out!
- Fall, Senior Year (Usually in September):
Pass the senior written exam ``with distinction''.
- Fall, Senior Year (Usually before the Oct Break, but
after the Written Exam):
Fill out the form for candidacy to Honors in Major Study from
the Registrar's page, and give to the Department Chair for
signature and forwarding to the Registrar:
Here is
the Registrar's website
- Spring, Senior Year (Mid-April):
The candidate will give the Department sufficient time
to read the thesis/project and give comments before it is due
to the Library. Three weeks is a good rule of thumb-
For the 2009-2010 Academic year, you should plan on giving your
thesis to your advisor by April 20th. You can expect to have
at least a week to do revisions before the thesis is due to
the library. Your advisor will give you final approval.
- Reading Day: Thesis is due to the library.
- Thesis Templates in LaTeX you may use:
- Sample Thesis in PDF format
- Sample Thesis, LaTeX format
- Sine figure used in thesis
- Sine figure (JPG) used for PDF conversion
Every effort is made to ensure that this website is up to date.
However, in the event that the information here is in conflict
with the Catalog, you should see your advisor and presume that
the Catalog is correct.