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:
  1. Solve mathematical problems;
  2. Communicate mathematical ideas effectively both orally and in writing;
  3. Learn new mathematics independently;
  4. Evaluate mathematical arguments;
  5. Have depth of study in at least one area of mathematics;
  6. Have basic understanding of several branches of mathematics.

Department Assessment

The Department of Mathematics assesses each student via several modes, including 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

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