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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Mathematics Major

Recommended for students who want to seek a career in a wide variety of fields that value mathematics and mathematical thinking, such as mathematician, statistician, actuary, financial analyst, software developer and teacher.  The mathematics major introduces students to a broad range of mathematics disciplines, including analysis, abstract algebra, applied mathematics, probability and statistics.  The mathematics major allows students flexibility in choosing their upper-level courses to suit their interests and career goals.  For example, students interested in modeling or computing may wish to focus their elective choices on Applied Mathematics, while those planning to pursue graduate study in mathematics should take a broad range of courses, in consultation with their advisor.  The major also offers optional emphases in Statistics and Secondary Education.

  • Required Units (crs.): 40 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses:

    • Upper Level Requirement: 6 crs

    • Analysis Requirement: Choose one course (3 crs): Math 467 or 480

    • Algebra Requirement: Choose one course (3 crs): Math 346, 347, 348 or 349

    • Capstone Requirement (2-3 crs): 
      The capstone experience will depend on the interests and needs of the student.  Students seeking the Secondary Education emphasis are required to complete Math 495 or Math 430. Students seeking the Statistics emphasis are required to complete Math 403 or do a statistics project as part of Math 446 or Math 474. Those preparing for graduate school in mathematics are recommended to complete a research project in mathematics, as part of an independent study or honor's thesis.

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's Upper Level Course List to reach the required minimum number of credits. Courses taken to satisfy the analysis, algebra or capstone requirements above may not be counted as electives.  The choice of electives depends on whether the student is seeking an emphasis.

      Students not seeking either the Statistics Emphasis or the Secondary Education Emphasis must select at least one course from the Applied category in the Upper Level Course List.

      Upper Level Course List:

      • Algebra:  Mathematics 346, 347, 348, 349
      • Analysis:  Mathematics 375, 467, 480
      • Applied:  Mathematics 352, 355, 356, 371, 376
      • Geometry:  Mathematics 331, 335
      • Statistics:  Mathematics 302, 304, 305, 381, 385, 386, 401

1. Statistics Emphasis
Recommended for students who have a particular interest in a career in statistics, within diverse fields such as agriculture and environmental sciences, business and economics, social sciences, and health sciences.

  • Required Units (crs.): 41 minimum

  • Required courses: In addition to the major requirements:

    • Mathematics: Mathematics 385, 401

    • Mathematics: Mathematics 403 or 446 or 474

    • Mathematics: Mathematics 302 or 386

    • Mathematics: One course from the following: Mathematics 302*, 304, 305, 346, 347, 348, 349, 352, 355, 356, 371, 376, 381, 386*, 467, 480 (*only if not used in requirement above.)

2. Secondary Education Emphasis
Recommended for students who plan to teach mathematics in middle or high school.  The mathematics major with a Secondary Education emphasis combines with a program of studies in the College of Education and Human Services and leads to Wisconsin Certification to teach mathematics in secondary schools (grades 7-12).

  • Required Units (crs.): 40 minimum

  • Required Courses: In addition to the major requirements:

    • Mathematics: Mathematics 295, 331, 334, 495

    • One additional mathematics course from any category in the Upper Level Course List

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