# Program Overview

**Program Overview:**

**Prerequisites:** Generally, either 215 or 214 and either 217 or 204 and either 218 or 203 are required for admission to the department. Prospective mathematics majors should consult the department as early as possible and plan a program that includes as much of the 215-217-218 sequence as possible. Most majors begin taking courses at the 300-level by the second semester of the sophomore year, in preparation for their junior independent work.

Degree requirements include completion of eight upper division courses which can be chosen to create an appropriate program of study for students interested in various particular fields of pure and applied mathematics such as numerical analysis, discrete mathematics, optimization, physics, the biological sciences, probability and statistics, finance, economics, or computer science. For students interested in these areas, a coherent program containing up to three courses in a cognate field may be approved.

In addition to the Registrar's *Course Offerings*, our most up-to-date information about the math courses to be offered in the upcoming semesters will be posted on this web site as early as possible to facilitate your planning.

All departmental students engage in independent work, supervised by a member of the department chosen in consultation with a departmental adviser. The independent work of the junior year generally consists of participating actively in a junior seminar, but may alternatively consist of reading in a special subject (such as representation theory or Galois theory or a topic in Fourier analysis, just to name a few examples) and then writing a paper based on that reading. The independent work in the senior year centers on writing a senior thesis. Each senior takes an oral examination based on the senior thesis and the broader subfield to which it contributes. A departmental committee conducts the examination in May.

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