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Earn Your Major in Mathematics

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 in business, government, or industry upon graduation.

The department will assist students in planning elective courses that will give maximum support to their career objectives.

Mathematics students

Mathematics Major

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350 Spelman Lane, S.W.
Atlanta, GA. 30314


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mathematics Major

Special Requirements

  1. All mathematics majors are required to take and pass MATH 200 (Introductory Seminar in Mathematics) during their first year. Students who declare mathematics as a major after their first year are required to take the course at the first available opportunity.
  2. Mathematics majors are required to take a major field exam in February of their senior year. Data from this exam is used for departmental awards, recommendations, and advising.”

Required Courses

The major in mathematics consists of 13 courses (at least 43 hours) in mathematics.

  • MATH 200 Introductory Seminar in Mathematics, MATH 231 Calculus I, and MATH 232 Calculus II (or MATH 295 Honors Calculus I and MATH 296 Honors Calculus II)
  • MATH 214 Linear Algebra and Applications
  • MATH 233 Foundations of Mathematics
  • MATH 324 Calculus III
  • MATH 371 Abstract Algebra I
  • MATH 463 Real Variables I
  • MATH 487 Senior Seminar
  • MATH 464 Real Variables II OR 472 Abstract Algebra II

Elective Courses

Three approved electives above the 200 level are required.

  • MATH 314 Linear Algebra II
  • MATH 322 Geometry
  • MATH 355 Biostatistics
  • MATH 358 Mathematical Models
  • MATH 361 Theory of Numbers
  • MATH 365 Differential Equations
  • MATH 366 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 367 Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 368 Complex Variables
  • MATH 455 Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 456 Probability and Statistics II
  • MATH 464 Real Variables II
  • MATH 472 Abstract Algebra II
  • MATH 481 Topology
  • PHY 305  Introduction to Theoretical Physics

The Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded in this major after the successful completion of the major cognate courses and the 13 courses (at least 43 hours) as outlined above.

The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon the completion of all the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree plus an additional two courses (8 credits) consisting either of 2 additional mathematics electives (8 hrs) above the 200 level or an additional year in one science (biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science).

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 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++, MatLab, or Java course such as CIS 121). Cognate courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better.

Department Objectives

Upon completion of the prescribed program of study in mathematics, a student will be able to . . .

  1. Recognize that mathematics is an art as well as a powerful foundational tool of science with limitless applications.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts and axiomatic underpinnings of mathematics and an ability to construct proofs at the appropriate level.
  3. Demonstrate competency in mathematical modeling of complex phenomena, problem solving and decision making.
  4. Demonstrate a level of proficiency in quantitative and computing skills sufficient to meet the demands of society upon modern educated women as global leaders.

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