There are three awards: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction in Mathematics. All mathematics majors (prime or second majors) are eligible for these awards. In practice, second majors will probably only choose to work toward Distinction in Mathematics, since the High and Highest Distinction awards require an honors thesis in mathematics.

If a student in Arts & Sciences earns __High__ or __Highest__ Distinction in Mathematics __and__ meets the College's Requirements for Latin Honors, the Department will recommend that Latin Honors be attached to the student's degree. Students in other divisions (such as Business or Engineering) should check with the undergraduate office in their division about requirements for Latin Honors. Additional information about Latin Honors.

Of course, every major must complete the courses required for one of the major tracks. However, courses used to fulfill major track requirements can __also__ count toward the coursework requirements listed below.

__Coursework Core__

Every level of Distinction Award requires that a student __start__ by fulfilling the Coursework Core. __This Core, by itself, earns no award__.

a) at least 3.65 GPA over __all__ upper level mathematics (L24) courses, and

b) completion with grades of B or better (not B-) of

i) one of the course sequences 4111-4121, 429-430, 493-494, 449-450, and

ii) three additional 400-500 level regularly scheduled mathematics courses. For this requirement, "regularly scheduled mathematics course” means an L24 course that is home-based in the Mathematics Department and is not an independent study. * L24 courses that are not home-based are those crosslisted from other departments; these usually have course numbers ending with a C. For example, such as L24 501C is identical with L31 Physics 501 and is not home-based in the Mathematics Department.*

__Note__: courses transferred to W.U. or courses taken abroad in a mathematics or statistics department as part of a W.U. approved overseas study program will count toward the mathematics courses required, provided they are transferred to W.U. as 400-level mathematics courses and the transcript indicates a level of performance comparable to a "B" or better at Washington University. However, because __grades__ for such courses never appear on the WU record, the grades for such courses will not be included in calculations for the GPA requirements.

### Distinction in Mathematics

Awarded for Coursework Core __plus__

a) completion of one additional regularly scheduled mathematics course at the 400-500 level with grade at least B (not B-), __or __

b) passing the first actuarial exam (P) from Society of Actuaries. The exam must be taken early enough so that we can get official notification of a passing score in time to certify award recipients. For May graduates, the certification happens at the end of March.

### High Distinction in Mathematics

Awarded for Coursework Core __plus__ satisfactory completion of an honors thesis.

### Highest Distinction in Mathematics

Awarded to students who earn High Distinction __and__ whose__ __

a) coursework includes completion of at least one of the graduate level sequences 5021-5022, 5031-5032, 5041-5042 (or 5043), 5051-5052, 5061-5062 and passing the graduate qualifing exam for that course sequence**, __or__

b) coursework includes all the requirements for the Honors Program in Statistics with grades of B or better (not B-) in all required 400-level courses

(**) *if it happens that graduate qualifying exams have not been evaluated before the College requires submission of distinction awards, then the recommendation of the qualifying course instructor will be followed instead.*