This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
The requirements for the major are as follows:
- MATH 161 - Calculus I or equivalent experience approved by department chair
- MATH 162 - Calculus II or equivalent experience approved by department chair
- MATH 163 - Calculus III (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
- MATH 214 - Linear Algebra (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
- MATH 260 - Computational Mathematics and MATH 260L (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year with a grade of C or better)
- MATH 376 - Numerical Analysis (should be completed by the end of the junior year)
- MATH 377 - Real Analysis I (should be completed by the end of the junior year)
- To complete the major, each student must produce a thesis. This is normally done through MATH 481 or MATH 482. Note: Joint theses are allowed but will not normally be considered for honors. Exceptions may be made with departmental permission. In unusual circumstances, the above deadlines may be extended with departmental approval through student petition to the department chair.
Chosen from the following:
- MATH 250 - Number Theory and Mathematical Reasoning
- MATH 302 - Systems Biology
- MATH 308 - Differential Equations
- MATH 310 - Combinatorial Problem Solving
- MATH 312 - Math Modeling: Social Sciences
- MATH 313 - Functions of a Complex Variable
- MATH 315 - Mathematical Biology
- MATH 316 - Probability
- MATH 354 - Data Analysis I - Normal Model Inference
- MATH 360 - Graph Theory
- MATH 408 - Partial Differential Equations
- MATH 416 - Mathematical Statistics
- MATH 448 - Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos
- MATH 454 - Data Analysis II - Nonlinear Model Inference
- MATH 487 - Real Analysis II
Two cognate courses representing a field of application interest outside of Mathematics. These two courses must count toward a single major in the Natural or Social Sciences preferably taken in two sequential semesters as the intent is to provide an immersive experience with the language, culture, questions, and ways of knowing of another field. The courses need not explicitly use mathematics, rather they provide a basis for communication with experts in that field. Normally, the senior research project (see 6, below) involves a topic related to this field of application.
A minimum GPA of 2.00 in the courses chosen to meet the major requirements is necessary to satisfy the major.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Mathematics department page.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Mathematics department catalogue page.