Academics: Majors and Programs

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Mathematics Major Requirements

A major in mathematics provides an excellent background for a variety of careers. Students have the option of selecting electives designed to prepare them for graduate study in pure mathematics, mathematics education, operations research, computer science, statistics, business administration, actuarial science or other applied mathematics areas, secondary school teaching, medical or dental school, or employment upon graduation in business, government, or industry. The department will assist students in planning elective courses that will give maximum support to their career objectives.

The major in mathematics consists of 13 courses (at least 43 hours) in mathematics: MATH 200, MATH 231 and 232 (or 295 and 296), 214, 233, 324, 371, 463, 487, and either 464 or 472 are required along with three approved electives above the 200 level. Elective courses at Spelman include MATH 314, 322, 355, 358, 361, 365, 366, 367, 368, 455, 456, 464, 472, 481, and PHY 305.

The bachelor of arts degree will be awarded in this major after the successful completion of 13 courses (at least 43 hours) as outlined above. The bachelor of science degree will be awarded with an additional two courses (8 credits) beyond the core requirements, in one science (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science) or 2 additional mathematics electives (8 credits) above the 200 level.

Both degrees require successful completion of all courses with no grade lower than a “C” in those courses counted toward the 43 (54) hours for graduation. Students must make a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to a subsequent course.

Major Cognate Courses

A two-semester sequence of a laboratory science course (biology, chemistry, or physics) at the level of majors in that discipline (6–8 hours) and one semester of a computer science course in a high-level programming language (e.g., a C++ or Java course such as CIS 121). Cognate courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better.

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