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
  • MATH 105L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and MATH 106L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions II   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

  • MATH 212: Multivariable Calculus OR MATH 222: Advanced Multivariable Calculus

AND

  • MATH 221: Linear Algebra and Applications OR
  • MATH 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations OR MATH 218 Matrices and Vector Spaces
    AND
    MATH 240 Introduction to Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Equations and Proofs OR MATH 245 Introduction to Mathematics: Example, Conjecture, and Proof
  • MATH 21: Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 111L: Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 105L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and MATH 106L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions II   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

  • MATH 212: Multivariable Calculus OR MATH 222: Advanced Multivariable Calculus

AND

  • MATH 221: Linear Algebra and Applications OR
  • MATH 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations OR MATH 218 Matrices and Vector Spaces
    AND
    MATH 240 Introduction to Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Equations and Proofs OR MATH 245 Introduction to Mathematics: Example, Conjecture, and Proof

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 interested in the math major who has already taken MATH 216 or 218 (and therefore is ineligible to enroll in MATH 221) should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible.

Note: A student interested in the math major who has already taken MATH 202 (and therefore is ineligible to enroll in MATH 212 or 222) 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 (for students declaring after 8/1/2019, no more that 3 of these courses may be at the 200 level)

AND

  • MATH 401: Introduction to Abstract Algebra OR MATH 501: Introduction to Algebraic Structures I
  • MATH 431: Advanced Calculus I OR MATH 531: Basic Analysis I

AND, ONE of the following:

  • MATH 333: Complex Analysis
  • MATH 342D: Statistics
  • MATH 411: Topology
  • MATH 412: Topology with Applications
  • MATH 421: Differential Geometry
  • MATH 502: Introduction to Algebraic Structures II
  • MATH 532: Basic Analysis II
  • MATH 541: Applied Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 581: Mathematical Finance
  • FIVE math courses numbered 230 or above, which may include independent study (for students declaring after 8/1/2019, no more that 3 of these courses may be at the 200 level)

AND

  • MATH 401: Introduction to Abstract Algebra OR MATH 501: Introduction to Algebraic Structures I
  • MATH 431: Advanced Calculus I OR MATH 531: Basic Analysis I

 

Science Courses

For B.S. Math Degree For A.B. Math Degree

The B.S. Math degree requires a pair of science courses from the following list:

Physics: PHYSICS 25 (AP), 141L, 151L, OR 161D 
      AND PHYSICS 26 (AP), 142L, 152L, OR 162D

Statistical Science: STA 360
     AND
STA 444 OR 325

Economics: ECON 205D AND ECON 210D

Electrical and Computer Engineering: ECE 110L AND ECE 280L

Computer Science: COMPSCI 330 AND COMPSCI 334

Biology: BIOLOGY 201L AND BIOLOGY 202L
       OR BIOLOGY 203L AND
another higher numbered full-credit BIOLOGY course

Chemistry: CHEM 21 (AP), 101DL, OR 110DL
      AND CHEM 201DL

No science courses required.
  • 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.