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 111L: Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 105L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions I AND MATH 106L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions II OR
  • MATH 21 (pre-matriculation credit for Calculus I) OR 
  • MATH 121 (transfer credit for Calculus I)

AND

  • MATH 112L: Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122L: Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 22 (pre-matriculation credit for Calculus II) OR 
  • MATH 122 (transfer credit for Calculus II)

AND

  • MATH 221: Linear Algebra and Applications OR
  • MATH 218 Matrices and Vector Spaces AND one of:
    • MATH 240: Introduction to Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Equations and Proofs
    • MATH 242: Discrete Mathematics and Proofs
    • MATH 245 Introduction to Mathematics: Example, Conjecture, and Proof

AND

  • MATH 212: Multivariable Calculus OR
  • MATH 219: Multivariable Calculus OR
  • MATH 222: Advanced Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 111L: Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 105L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions I AND MATH 106L: Laboratory Calculus and Functions II OR
  • MATH 21 (pre-matriculation credit for Calculus I) OR 
  • MATH 121 (transfer credit for Calculus I)

AND

  • MATH 112L: Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122L: Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 22 (pre-matriculation credit for Calculus II) OR 
  • MATH 122 (transfer credit for Calculus II)

AND

  • MATH 221: Linear Algebra and Applications OR
  • MATH 218 Matrices and Vector Spaces AND one of:
    • MATH 240: Introduction to Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Equations and Proofs
    • MATH 242: Discrete Mathematics and Proofs
    • MATH 245 Introduction to Mathematics: Example, Conjecture, and Proof

AND

  • MATH 212: Multivariable Calculus OR
  • MATH 219: Multivariable Calculus OR
  • MATH 222: Advanced Multivariable Calculus

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

Note: Students considering a math major are strongly encouraged to take MATH 221, which teaches linear algebra along with the skills of rigorous mathematical reasoning needed by math majors. However, an alternative route is to take MATH 218 along with MATH 240, 242, or 245 in order to develop the skills of writing mathematical proofs. The combination of 218 with 240, 242, or 245 may be counted as the prerequisite for any course that requires MATH 221. (Many students who took MATH 221 may also benefit from these courses as well.)

In particular, Pratt students considering a math major should not take the engineering sequence MATH 218/353; 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 202 (and therefore is ineligible to enroll in MATH 212, 219, 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
  • MATH 401: Introduction to Abstract Algebra OR 
  • MATH 501: Introduction to Algebraic Structures I

AND

  • MATH 431: Introduction to Real Analysis OR 
  • MATH 531: Real Analysis I

AND

SIX additional math courses numbered 230 or above, no more of THREE of which may be at the 200 level, including at least one of the following courses:

  • MATH 333: Complex Analysis
  • MATH 343: Statistics
  • MATH 411: Topology
  • MATH 412: Topology with Applications
  • MATH 421: Differential Geometry
  • MATH 502: Introduction to Algebraic Structures II
  • MATH 532: Real Analysis II
  • MATH 541: Applied Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 581: Mathematical Finance

Independent studies may be counted toward the count of six courses.

  • MATH 401: Introduction to Abstract Algebra OR 
  • MATH 501: Introduction to Algebraic Structures I

AND

  • MATH 431: Introduction to Real Analysis OR 
  • MATH 531: Real Analysis I

AND

FIVE additional math courses numbered 230 or above, no more of THREE of which may be at the 200 level. Independent studies may be counted toward the count of five courses.

 

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 210 AND (STA 360 or STA 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
BIOLOGY 215
       OR (BIOLOGY 201L OR BIOLOGY 203L) AND (BIOLOGY 329L OR BIOLOGY 329D)
       OR (BIOLOGY 201L OR BIOLOGY 203L) AND (BIOLOGY 209 OR BIOLOGY 460)

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.
  • Students who choose STAT 210 are encouraged to supplement it with the half-credit course STAT 211.
  • Students who wish to substitute a more advanced course for one of the above science courses (such as a graduate version of one of the courses above) should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with their specific request.