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Skidmore College
Mathematics and Statistics Department

MathematicsMajor

For Students who entered Skidmore in Fall 2019 and beyond:

Students majoring in mathematics fulfill the departmental requirements by completing ten courses in mathematics or designated courses in statistics: nine of the courses must be at the 200 level or above, to include MA 200, MA 211, MA 213, MA 215, MA 303, MA 319, MA 376/376A, and two additional courses, at least one of which is at the 300 level. Additionally, either MS 204 or MS 240 can count towards the mathematics major. Students must also complete CS 106 or CS 206. Under exceptional circumstances, and only with the consent of the department, MA 351 A-D, MA 371, MA 381, MA 382, or MS 351 A-D may be counted as the additional 300-level course. In MA 215, students will acquire writing skills that are necessary to work on advanced material in mathematics and will fulfill the writing requirement in the major.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work in (theoretical) mathematics should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 313 - Introduction to Topology, MA 320 - Abstract Algebra II, MA 324 - Complex Analysis, and MA 302 - Graph Theory.

Students interested in applied mathematics should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 270 - Differential Equations, MA 331 - Dynamical Systems, MA 324 - Complex Analysis, and MA 316 - Numerical Algorithms.

Students interested in mathematics education should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 214 - Theory of Numbers, MA 309 - Elements of Modern Geometry, MA 310 - History of Mathematics, and MS 204 - Statistical Methods.

No more than 8 credit hours of S/U can be used toward the major.

For Students who entered Skidmore prior to Fall 2019:

Students majoring in mathematics fulfill the departmental requirements by completing nine courses in mathematics or designated courses in statistics: eight of the courses must be at the 200 level or above, to include MA 200, MA 202, MA 215, MA 303, MA 319, MA 376/376A, and two additional courses, at least one of which is at the 300 level. Students must also complete CS 106 or CS 206. Under exceptional circumstances, and only with the consent of the department, MA 351 A-D, MA 371, MA 381, MA 382, or MS 351 A-D may be counted as the additional 300-level course. In MA 215, students will acquire writing skills that are necessary to work on advanced material in mathematics and will fulfill the writing requirement in the major.

Note: Because MA 202 will no longer be offered after spring 2019, students will need to fulfill this major requirement by taking MA 211 and MA 213 or by fulfilling MA 202 with transfer credit.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work in (theoretical) mathematics should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 313 - Introduction to Topology, MA 320 - Abstract Algebra II, MA 324 - Complex Analysis, and MA 302 - Graph Theory.

Students interested in applied mathematics should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 270 - Differential Equations, MA 331 - Dynamical Systems, MA 324 - Complex Analysis, and MA 316 - Numerical Algorithms.

Students interested in mathematics education should include as many of the following courses as possible in their programs: MA 214 - Theory of Numbers, MA 309 - Elements of Modern Geometry, MA 310 - History of Mathematics, and MS 204 - Statistical Methods.

No more than 8 credit hours of S/U can be used toward the major.



**For students entering Skidmore in Fall 2019 and beyond: No more than 4 credit hours of S/U can be used toward the major.

The following courses must be taken for a letter grade: MA 215, MA 303, MA 319, MA 376/376A, MA 381 , MA 382.

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