Math Major

We offer both a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts in math. Students who plan to attend graduate school in mathematics or the sciences should consider working towards the bachelor of science degree.

Prerequisites

For a B.S. Math degree For a A.B. Math degree
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • equivalent course

AND

  • MATH 22 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122L Introductory Calculus II OR equivalent course

AND

AND

  • MATH 221 Linear Algebra and Applications
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • equivalent course

AND

  • MATH 22 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122L Introductory Calculus II OR equivalent course

AND

AND

  • MATH 221 Linear Algebra and Applications

Recommended: Students without computer experience are encouraged to take COMPSCI 101 Program Design and Analysis I

Note: Students considering a math major should not take MATH 216 "Linear Algebra and Differential Equations" (which is meant for engineers) nor MATH 218 "Matrices and Vector Spaces" (which is meant for majors in Statistics, Computer Science, and other data-driven fields).  Instead they should take  MATH 221 which offers the additional training in mathematical reasoning needed by math majors.  In particular, prospective math majors (including engineers considering mathematics as a second major) should not take the engineering sequence MATH 216 followed by MATH 353; they should instead take MATH 221 followed by MATH 356 for a first course in differential equations. This alternative sequence has been approved by Pratt for engineers.

Note: A student who has already taken Math 216 or 218 and is interested in the math major should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible.

Math Courses

For B.S. Math Degree For A.B. Math Degree
  • FIVE math courses numbered 230 or above, which may include independent study

AND

AND, ONE of the following:

  • FIVE math courses numbered 230 or above, which may include independent study

AND

 

Physics

For B.S. Math Degree For A.B. Math Degree
  • PHYSICS 25 Physics I AND 26 Physics II (AP Credit)

OR

  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I AND 142L General Physics II

OR

  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics AND 152L Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Optics

OR

  • PHYSICS 161D Fundamentals of Physics I AND 162D Fundamentals of Physics II
No physics required.
  • A student may combine the first course from one of the Physics sequences above with the second course, e.g., PHYSICS 25 and  PHYSICS 142L.
  • Students who choose the PHYSICS 161D/162D sequence are encouraged to supplement it with at least one semester of the half-credit sequence PHYSICS 161L/162L, Introductory Experimental Physics.
  • The version of PHYSICS 161L/162L offered In Spring 2014 and earlier essentially comined the current PHYSICS 161D/162D with a lab and thus may also be used to satisfy the Physics requirement.