Degree Essentials



Professor Lew Ludwig, Chair

Professors Daniel D. Bonar, Lewis D. Ludwig, Michael D. Westmoreland; Associate Professors, Matthew Neal, Sarah Rundell; Assistant Professors May Mei, David White, Sarah Wolff; Visiting Instructors Timothy DeGenero, Alison Miller; Academic Administrative Assistant Dee Ghiloni

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The study of mathematics is a challenging and exciting activity that sharpens logical reasoning and improves problem solving ability. The curriculum is designed so that students can apply these skills to analyze both real-world quantitative questions and fascinating theoretical puzzles.

Students interested in mathematics should take 123-124 followed by 231 and 210 by the end of the sophomore year. It is recommended that Mathematics students take CS 109, 110, 111 or 112 and MATH 232 by the end of their sophomore year.

Most upper level mathematics electives fall into two categories. Foundations courses focus on teaching abstract reasoning and the reading, creation, and writing of, rigorous proofs in the study of the foundational structures of mathematics. Currently these courses are MATH 321, 322, 331, and 332. Applied courses, while not devoid of proofs, include a significant study of how mathematical techniques can be used to model and analyze real world problems. Currently, we regularly offer MATH 334, 337, 341, and 357 as applied courses. Other courses, such as MATH 361-362, MATH 363-364, or MATH 400, have variable topics.

Denison offers several research opportunities, including funding for summer projects. Interested students should consult a faculty member as early as possible in the fall semester.

Non-major/minor students interested in taking a mathematics course should consider Math 102 or 122.

Mathematics Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree: The "Core" courses consist of MATH 124, 210, 215, 231, 232 and CS 109, 110, 111, or 112. The "Foundations" courses are currently MATH 321, 322, 331, and 332.

Students who did not receive a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB advanced placement exam will usually need to take MATH 123 before MATH 124.

The minimum requirements for a B.A. are the Core and:

  1. MATH 321 or MATH 332.

  2. A second "Foundations" course from MATH 321, 322, 331, and 332.

  3. Two 300 or 400-level math electives (excluding MATH/CS 361-362, 363-364, 451-452).

  4. Math 215

Bachelor of Science Degree: The minimum requirements for a B.S. are the "Core" courses, and:

  1. Math 321, 322, and 332.

  2. Three additional 300 or 400-level math electives (excluding MATH/CS 361-362, 363-364).

  3. Math 215

Mathematics Minor

The minimum requirements for a mathematics minor are MATH 124, 210, 231, 232 and an elective that must be CS 109, 110, 111, or 112, or any 200 or 300-level math elective (excluding 361-362 and 363-364).

Computational Science Concentration

Computational Science is the field of study concerned with constructing mathematical models and numerical solution techniques, and using computer algorithms and simulation to analyze and solve scientific, social scientific, and engineering problems. The Computational Science concentration consists of: four core courses (MATH 124, 231, CS 109, 110, 111, or 112, and CS 173), and an additional course at the 200-level or above. This additional course, which may be in another department, must have a strong and persistent mathematical modeling or computing component and must be pre-approved by the Mathematics and Computer Science department. In addition, the student must take a two (2) semester sequence of courses in another a department other than Mathematics and Computer Science. A written plan for completing the concentration must be approved by the Mathematics and Computer Science department prior to enrollment in the elective course. In particular, the elective course and cognate requirements above must be chosen consistently with a valid educational plan for the study of Computational Science (as defined above). Any mathematics major who wishes to complete this concentration must choose a computer science course as their elective course. Any computer science major who wishes to complete this concentration must choose a mathematics course for their elective course. A double mathematics and computer science major is not eligible for this concentration.