The Mathematics Major offers a variety of Named Options which allow a major to focus on those topics in mathematics which have a strong relationship to a particular other area of study. This page describes those options and highlights topics and courses worthy of special consideration.
1) Be aware that the below describes initial collections of courses and ideas worth considering which fulfill major requirements. Please refer to the guide for all possible courses which can be applied to your named option plan and meet with an advisor in order to decide what plan works best for you.
2) Note that course suggestions do not include prerequisites.
3) Courses offered by departments/schools besides mathematics may have restricted enrollment.
MATHEMATICS FOR DATA, STATISTICS, AND RISK ANALYSIS
For students interested in mathematics inspired by or used in the fields of Statistics, Data Science, Actuarial Science, Bio-Statistics, and many others.
Students interested in this option should choose coursework focused on linear algebra, probability, statistics, analysis, and computational mathematics.
Linear Algebra: MATH 320, 340, 341, 375, 540
Probability: MATH 309, 431, 531, 535
Statistics: MATH 310
Analysis: MATH 321 and 322, 421, 521
Numerical Methods: MATH 514
Data/Risk/Stat Core: ACT SCI 303 or (STAT 333 and STAT 424) or (STAT 340 and STAT 424)
MATHEMATICS FOR THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Mathematics and the natural sciences have had a long and fruitful relationship since the dawn of humanity. This named option may be of interest to any mathematics student with a strong interest in physics, chemistry, biology, and most areas of engineering.
Students interested in this named option should focus on linear algebra, differential equations, geometry, and analysis.
Linear Algebra and Algebra: MATH 320, 340, 341, 375, 540, 541
Differential Equations: MATH 319, 320, 376, 519, 619
Geometry and Topology: MATH 551, 561
Real and Complex Analysis: MATH 321 and 322, 421, 514, 521, 623
Other topics: MATH 531
Core Natural Science: Physics 247/207/201/EMA 201 and Physics 248/208/202
MATHEMATICS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION
This option is designed with input from our own School of Education to cover all core areas of mathematics expected of a secondary instructor in the context of a mathematics major.
Linear Algebra: MATH 320, 340, 341, 375
Analysis: MATH 421, 521
Algebra: MATH 540, 541
Probability/Combinatorics: MATH 309, 431, 475, 531
Statistics: STAT 301, 302, 312, 324, MATH 310, ECON 310
History of Mathematics: MATH 473
Geometry: MATH 461
Capstone: MATH 471