This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.


Major Requirements

The department strongly recommends that students pursuing a major or a minor in applied mathematics complete  and  or equivalent.

The requirements for the major are as follows:

Preparatory Courses

Required Courses

  • 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  or . 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.

Three Electives

Chosen from the following:

Cognate Courses

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.

GPA Requirement

A minimum GPA of 2.00 in the courses chosen to meet the major requirements is necessary to satisfy the major.


Mathematics Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalogue page.