The Mathematics Program has three main functions: to provide students in the program with the opportunity to study the primary areas of contemporary mathematics, to provide physical and social science majors with the necessary mathematical tools for work in their disciplines, and to introduce all students to serious and interesting mathematical ideas and their application.
The program requirements are flexible enough to allow a student to prepare for graduate study in mathematics, professional schools (such as medical or law), or employment in the public or private sector. Students in the program are expected to follow the standard divisional procedure for Moderation and to fulfill the college-wide distribution and First-Year Seminar requirements.
By the time of Moderation a student in the program should have taken (or be taking) these courses or their equivalents: Mathematics 141, Calculus I; Mathematics 142, Calculus II; Mathematics 242, Elementary Linear Algebra, or Mathematics 245, Intermediate Calculus (or Physics 221, Mathematical Methods I); and Mathematics 261, Proofs and Fundamentals. By graduation, a student must have completed: Mathematics 242, Elementary Linear Algebra; Mathematics 245, Intermediate Calculus (or Physics 221, Mathematical Methods I); Mathematics 332, Abstract Algebra; Mathematics 361, Real Analysis; at least two other math courses numbered 300 or above; a computer science course, preferably before beginning the Senior Project; and the Senior Project.
Recent Senior Projects in Mathematics
- “Economic Methods for Comparative Case Studies: Lessons from the Dominican Prison Reform”
- “Gerrymandering and the Impossibility of Fair Districting Systems”
- “Happy Numbers in Iterations of Degree Three”
- “Markov Chains in Music Composition”