Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Undergraduate Education


Mathematics is both an interesting subject on its own and also an extremely useful tool for the Physical and Biological Sciences, Engineering, Economics, and many more areas. There are many reasons why students will take math classes, and the Mathematics Department aims to meet all these reasons by offering a wide variety of courses at many different levels.

Precalculus and Calculus

The most commonly taken Math courses are precalculus, trigonometry, and some form of calculus. For information about these courses, the order in which they should be taken, and placement, see the Placement pages.

If you are taking a calculus or precalculus course and you find yourself in need of help outside the regular lecture and discussion, look at either the Tutorial program, the Math lab, or GUTS. The Mathematics department also has a list of private tutors.

If you are looking for an extra challenge in calculus you should consider either the WES sections for 221/222/234, or the honors courses 275/276, and 375/376.

Majoring in Math and the Math Certificate

What can I do with a math major?

The Math Major prepares you for a large number of careers. To get an idea of the possibilities, browse the site, or have look at the Careers in Math page of the American Mathematical Society.

How do I become a math major?
There are several different ways of graduating as a math major.

You can get a Bachelor's degree, majoring in mathematics, within the College of Letters & Science. As a math major you can follow the “option 1” track, in which you focus solely on mathematics, or you can follow the “option 2” track, which allows students to combine math courses with courses in an area where mathematics is applied (e.g. engineering, economics, finance, actuarial science, etc.) For more information contact an advisor, but first see the math major page for details.

The honors option is also available for the math major. See the math honors pages for more about this.

If you have an interest in Engineering and/or Physics should consider the Applied Math, Engineering, and Physics (AMEP) program, which is an alternative to the regular math major.

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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