Because mathematics is a very broad discipline and you have only four years to learn about it, the Mathematics Department offers six distinct programs for mathematics majors. Although each of these programs has its own requirements and conditions, the prerequisites and basic courses are largely the same for each. There are special programs for those interested in teaching mathematics and others for those interested in actuarial mathematics and the mathematics of finance and risk management. The remaining three programs split between those which emphasize mathematics as an independent discipline—the pure and honors programs—and those which favor the application of mathematical tools to problems in other fields—mathematical sciences. Any of these six programs may serve as preparation for either further study in a variety of academic disciplines, including mathematics itself, or intellectually challenging careers in a wide variety of corporate and governmental settings.
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