Being a Math Concentrator

Requirements

The information in this section is copied from the Math Concentration section of the Student Handbook, available here. Please refer to that for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions, consult Professor Jacob Lurie (the Director of Undergraduate Studies) and Rosalie Belanger-Rioux (assistant to the DUS) if you have any questions when completing your plan of study.

For Concentrators

  1. Coursework:
    1. 8 letter-graded courses in math. 4 must be at the 100 (or 200) level, and there must be 1 each in analysis (110s or 210s), algebra (120s or 220s), and geometry/topology (130s or 230s). Cross-listed courses do not count.
    2. 4 letter-graded courses in math or a related field. Here are the options for a related field:
      1. Applied Math 21a/b (not counted in addition to Math 18, 19, 21a/b, 23a/b, 25a/b, or 55a/b), 50 (not counted in addition to a freshman seminar or Math 99r), 101, 104, 105, 106 (not counted in addition to Math 122), 107, 111, 115, 120 (not counted in addition to Math 121), 121, 147, 201, 202, 205, 207, 210, and 211.
      2. Astronomy 150 and 193.
      3. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 173, 181 and 252.
      4. Chemistry 160, 161 and 242.
      5. Computer Science 51, 121, 124, 125, 187, 220r, 221, 222, 223, 225, 226r, 228 and 277.
      6. Economics 1052, 2010a, 2010b, 2010c, 2052, 2099 and 2120.
      7. Engineering Sciences 123, 125, 145, 156, 181, 201, 202, 203, 209, 210, 220, 241 and 255.
      8. Philosophy 140 and 144.
      9. Physical Sciences 12a/b.
      10. Physics or Applied Physics, all except 90r, 91r, 95, 120, 129, 136, 140, 141, 141a and courses which are primarily laboratory courses such as 123 and 191.
      11. Statistics 110, 111, 139, 140, 149, 170, 171, 210, 211, 215, 220 and 221.
      12. Systems Biology 200

      There are other courses that use math but are not listed above. If you want such a course to count for your math concentration, speak first to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Jacob Lurie, before filling out your study card.

    3. 1 freshman seminar may substitute for 1 of the above 12 courses provided it is taught by Math Department faculty, permission is obtained by the DUS (Jacob Lurie) and it does not count in addition to a tutorial.
    4. A 5-page expository paper, due by spring reading period of junior year. This paper is typically written under the supervision of a professor of either a tutorial course or in a 100- or 200-level math course that you are enrolled in. You will submit the paper to the DUS (Jacob Lurie). It must clearly and coherently present some material that you learned on your own.
  2. Tutorial: Math 99r is suggested (see above) but not required.
  3. Thesis: Not required.
  4. General Examination: None
  5. Notes: Math 91r and Math 60r do not typically count for concentration credit. Math Ma and Mb count as only one half-course for concentration credit. For stranger plans, consult the DUS (Jacob Lurie).

For honors eligibility: The only additional requirement is a senior thesis (see below) and a special examination on areas of math relevant to the thesis.

For Joint Concentrators

  1. If math is the primary field: The requirements remain the same as above.
  2. If math is the allied field: The requirements are just 5 courses in math (at least 3 at the 100- or 200-level, 1 in analysis (110s/210s), 1 in algebra (120s/220s), and 1 in topology/geometry (130s/230s)), with no expository paper.

Mathematics and Teaching Option

This option is designed for students interested in teaching at secondary schools who are enrolled in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP).

  1. Coursework:
    1. 7 letter-graded courses in math. There must be 1 each in analysis (110s or 210s), algebra (120s or 220s), and geometry/topology (130s or 230s). Math 101 may fulfill one of these area requirements. Cross-listed courses do not count.
    2. Graduate School of Education (HGSE) T-300a or equivalent.
    3. 3 letter-graded courses in computer science, statistics, or physics. Possible options are as follows:
      1. Computer Science 50, 51, 121, 124, 125, 187, 220r, 221, 222, 223, 225, 226r, 228 and 277.
      2. Physics or Applied Physics, all except 90r, 91r, 95, 120, 129, 136, 140, 141, 141a and courses which are primarily laboratory courses such as 123 and 191.
      3. Statistics 100, 101, 102, 104, 110, 111, 139, 140, 149, 170, 171, 210, 211, 215, 220 and 221.
    4. 1 freshman seminar or course in a related field. See the Concentrator requirements for the options for a related field.
  2. Tutorial: Math 99r is suggested (see above) but not required.
  3. Thesis: Not required.
  4. General Examination: None
  5. UTEP: The requirements of UTEP must be completed prior to graduation.

Advanced Standing and an AM in Mathematics

If you are eligible for advanced standing, you may chose to get a Masters degree in mathematics at the end of your four years as an undergraduate. You must file for Advanced Standing at the end of your sophomore year and apply to the math Masters degree program like any other graduate student. The program requires an additional 8 letter-graded courses in math, with at least 4 at the 200-level, which must be bracketed so they do not count for your undergraduate concentration, and reading proficiency in either French, German, or Russian. Since this is a significant commitment to math, it is strongly recommended that you pursue other options first if possible. Gaining a Masters degree in math will not help you if you choose to go to graduate school in math.

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