Degree Requirements

Information presented from the 2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog.

Departmental Guidelines

Mathematics is an essential part of a liberal arts education with numerous connections to a variety of disciplines. The study of mathematics is a challenging and exciting activity that sharpens logical reasoning skills and improves problem-solving ability. The curriculum is designed so students can apply these skills to analyze both real-world questions and explore sophisticated mathematical theory.

By the end of their sophomore year, students interested in the Mathematics major should take:

MATH 135Single Variable Calculus
and/or
MATH 145Multi-variable Calculus
followed by
MATH 213Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
and
MATH 300Introduction to Proofs

By the end of their sophomore year, it is strongly recommended that Mathematics students take:

CS 109Discovering Computer Science
CS 110Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games
CS 111Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics
or
CS 112Discovering Computer Science: Markets, Polls, and Social Networks

Mission Statement

The Mathematics department endeavors to prepare our students for a broad range of careers and life situations by teaching them to think abstractly, to solve quantitative problems creatively, and to express technical arguments precisely in oral and written form. 

Mathematics Majors

The CORE courses consist of:

MATH 145Multi-variable Calculus
MATH 213Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 220Applied Statistics
MATH 300Introduction to Proofs
MATH 395Technical Communication I
and one of
CS 109Discovering Computer Science
CS 110Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games
CS 111Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics
or
CS 112Discovering Computer Science: Markets, Polls, and Social Networks

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics are the six CORE courses plus four courses; two foundation courses and two modeling courses.

The FOUNDATION courses focus on teaching abstract reasoning and the reading, creation, and writing of rigorous proofs in the study of the foundational structures of mathematics.

MATH 400Combinatorics
MATH 410Abstract Algebra
MATH 413Advanced Linear Algebra
MATH 440Advanced Analysis
MATH 445Topology
MATH 447Vector Calculus and Complex Analysis
MATH 334Theory of Computation

The MODELING courses, while not devoid of proofs, include a significant study of how mathematical techniques can be used to model and analyze real-world problems.

MATH 415Operations Research
MATH 420Statistical Modeling
MATH 425Applied Probability
MATH 427Probability Computing and Graph Theory
MATH 430Fourier Analysis
MATH 435Mathematical Modeling

Bachelor of Science Degree

The minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics are:

The six CORE courses plus six courses; three from
MATH 410Abstract Algebra
MATH 440Advanced Analysis
MATH 445Topology
or
MATH 447Vector Calculus and Complex Analysis
plus three additional 400-level courses.

Students majoring in Math may take up to two cross-listed math or computer science courses to count as requirements in the intended major.  These cross-listed courses typically satisfy electives in the major.

Current cross-listed courses pre-approved for this policy are
MATH 334Theory of Computation
MATH 415Operations Research
MATH 427Probability Computing and Graph Theory
Other math and computer science courses must be approved by the department prior to enrollment.

Mathematics Minor

The minimum requirements for a mathematics minor are:

MATH 145Multi-variable Calculus
MATH 213Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 220Applied Statistics
MATH 300Introduction to Proofs
and one of
CS 109Discovering Computer Science
CS 110Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games
CS 111Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics
or
CS 112Discovering Computer Science: Markets, Polls, and Social Networks

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 145Multi-variable Calculus
MATH 213Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
CS 173Intermediate Computer Science
or
CS 181Data Systems
and one of
CS 109Discovering Computer Science
CS 110Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games
CS 111Discovering Computer Science: Scientific Data and Dynamics
or
CS 112Discovering Computer Science: Markets, Polls, and Social Networks
and an additional course which may be in another department, that must have a strong and persistent mathematical modeling or computing component and must be approved in advance by the Department of Mathematics or the Department of Computer Science.

In addition, students must take a two-semester sequence of courses in a department other than Mathematics or Computer Science. A written plan for completing the concentration must be approved by the Department of Mathematics or the Department of Computer Science before the end of the student’s junior year of study and prior to enrollment in the elective courses.  In particular, the elective courses and cognate requirements specified 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 non-math courses as their elective courses.  Any computer science major who wishes to complete this concentration must choose non-computer science courses for their elective courses.  A double Mathematics and Computer Science major is not eligible for this concentration.

Additional Points of Interest

Research at Denison

Denison offers a number of research opportunities, including funding for summer research projects.  The Anderson Foundation and the Denison University Research Foundation (DURF) support qualified students conducting summer research.  For off-campus research opportunities in Mathematics, see the various National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates experiences.  Interested students should consult a faculty member as early as possible in the fall semester.

Off-Campus Study

The Department of Mathematics strongly encourages students to globalize their education by completing some portion of their undergraduate education abroad. A majority of Denison students who spend a semester abroad do so during their junior year and many more spend a second summer abroad. Denison offers a wide range of opportunities to study off-campus that are highly relevant to the Denison experience.

Going abroad allows students to enhance their knowledge while experiencing another culture and way of life. Students gain valuable international experience that will benefit future career goals and/or graduate school opportunities. Math majors who are fluent in another language will have special advantages in the job market.

Students may take up to two classes outside the department to transfer towards the major at Denison.  Additional courses taken outside Denison may accrue credit hours towards graduation, but will not contribute to requirements in the major.  Courses taken outside the university must be pre-approved for acceptance towards major requirements.  Students should provide the department chair syllabi for the intended courses for department approval.  Students may petition the department chair for exceptions to this policy.  In particular, transfer students may be eligible to transfer additional courses towards major requirements.

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