How hard to "push yourself" in scheduling depends on several things. One concern, of course, is how much mathematics you can handle in a single semester.. Another is how you view the mathematics major in the bigger picture of your long-term plans.

- Students who plan on a graduate program in math or statistics, or any other career or field of study involves "heavy-duty" use of mathematics will want to develop the strongest major possible, with as many extra elective courses as they can handle beyond the minimal major requirements.

- Students who want a math major primarily to provide a quantitative framework or background for their "real" interests in some other area might want just to complete the minimum set of major requirements.

Most math majors take all of the following courses:

- Math 309 (Matrix Algebra)
- Math 318 (Calculus of Several Variables) or Math 308 (Mathematics for the Physical Sciences). Students cannot count both 318 and 308 toward major requirements
- Math 310 (Foundations for Higher Mathematics)
- Math 3200 (Elementary to Intermediate Statistics with Data Analysis)

Completing these courses usually takes a major through one or two semesters of the sophomore year, so a decision about which major track to choose does not need to be made too early. A math major’s schedule during the first two years depends in large part on where the student enters the calculus sequence. Generally, a major should complete the calculus sequence and most of the 300-level courses listed above by the end of the sophomore year.

The following schedules show some possible freshman/sophomore programs. As long as course prerequisites are fulfilled, the exact order of some of the courses may depend on a student's interests. Asterisks *** represent possible elective math courses. Students who begin at a level beyond Math 233 should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Blake Thornton to plan courses.

| Fall (Fr) | Spring (Fr) | Fall (Soph) | Spring (Soph) |

Beginning with | 131 | 132 |
233 |
310 or 3200 |

Beginning with | 132 |
233 |
309 |
318 |

Beginning with | 233 |
309 3200 |
310 |
318 |

In the table, Math 308 might replace Math 318, but Math 308 also has Math 217 (Differential Equations) as a prerequisite.

We recommend that majors consider taking Math 310 as early as possible since it is a foundation for all upper-level “proof-oriented” courses.

Students with a particular interest in probability and statistics should try to complete Math 309, 318 and 3200 before the end of the sophomore year, even if that postpones Math 310 to the first semester of the junior year. This will position the student to take Math 493-494 in the junior year. While not absolutely necessary, but it is a "big plus" for strengthening the major. It also lets students who may be interested in actuarial work take the first actuarial exam before the senior year.

With a good job in Math 3200 and most of Math 493, a student can be ready to take the first actuarial exam late in the first semester of the junior year. Having passed at least one exam is a big "plus" on the resume when looking for an and internship or an entry-level actuarial position.

Note: a limited-enrollment writing intensive (WI) version of 310, numbered 310W, is offered each fall semester.

__A student is allowed to fulfill the College's WI requirement using a WI course from outside the major__. Therefore if a student is ready for Math 310 and can't enroll in 310W because of class size limits, we strongly recommend taking the regular Math 310 instead -- do the WI requirement with a course from some other department rather than delay progress in the mathematics major.After consultation with an advisor, a strong student who is comfortable with more proof-oriented courses can sometimes bypass one or more of the intermediate level courses such as Math 309, 310, 308 or 318 and instead take the more advanced sequences such as 4111-4121 or 429-430. In all such cases, an upper-level math elective must be substituted in the major requirements for each bypassed course so that the total number of courses required for the major track is not reduced.