Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Math Certificate

 

Whether you are majoring in Engineering, Economics, Physical, Biological, Computer or Social sciences you can enhance your career with a strong background in mathematics.

Many students choose to double major in mathematics, but others might not have the time to complete one.

The Mathematics Certificate is a program designed to enhance your knowledge of mathematics and strengthen applications to graduate school and the job market. Having a strong background in Mathematics is viewed increasingly as an asset to students seeking entrance to graduate school in most sciences. It is also highly desirable for many employers.

Compared to a major in Mathematics, the certificate requires fewer courses and offers more flexibility when choosing your courses. In particular, the certificate does not require any 500 level courses or a mastery of proof writing. All undergraduates and special students are eligible for a Mathematics Certificate, except those who major in Mathematics or the AMEP program.

Requirements

Note that starting with the Fall 2016 semester the requirements for the Math Certificate has changed!

 

  • Minimum GPA:  the grade point average over all courses that count toward the certificate must be at least 2.0.  
  • Courses taken: A student must complete 12 credits in Mathematics courses from courses numbered above 306 (excluding 471 and 490).
    • At least 3 credits must come from courses numbered above 400 (excluding 471 and 490).
  • Courses in residence: Of the 12 required credits at least 9 must be taken "in residence."
  • Recent credits: At least six of the 12 credits that count toward the certificate must come from courses taken after summer 2008 (when the certificate was first created).
  • Breadth:A number of undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses have significant overlap in course content.  From these groups only one course can count toward the certificate.  Specifically,
    • from the courses math 319 and 320 only one can count towards the certificate
    • from the courses math 320, 340, 341, and 375 only one can count towards the certificate
    • from the courses math 431 and math/stat 309 only one can count towards the certificate

 

The following list contains the requirements for the Math Certificate for those who declared before the Fall 2016 semester:

  • Minimum GPA:  the grade point average over all courses that count toward the certificate must be at least 2.0.  
  • Courses taken:A student must complete 25 credits in Mathematics courses.
    • Of the minimum 25 credits of required mathematics course work, at least 12 credits must be from courses numbered above 306.
    • Of the minimum 12 credits of required mathematics course work numbered above 306, at least 3 credits must come from courses numbered above 400 (excluding 425 and 490).
  • Courses in residence: Of the 25 required credits at least 13 must be taken "in residence."
  • Recent credits: At least six of the 25 credits that count toward the certificate must come from courses taken after summer 2008 (when the certificate was first created).
  • Breadth:A number of undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses have significant overlap in course content.  From these groups only one course can count toward the certificate.  Specifically,
    • from the courses math 319 and 320 only one can count towards the certificate
    • from the courses math 320, 340, 341, and 375 only one can count towards the certificate
    • from the courses math 431 and math/stat 309 only one can count towards the certificate

To declare the mathematics certificate students should contact an advisor in the Mathematics Department.

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

(608) 263-3054

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