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Departmental HonorsDepartment of Mathematics

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The honors program of the Department of Mathematics is designed for students with a wide variety of interests and goals. Honors courses are regularly offered at each academic level. The program includes courses for students who are not majoring in science and mathematics. Honors coursework gives recognizably distinguished preparation to those who wish to apply mathematical methods to other fields. Completion of the honors program coursework offers optimal preparation for graduate study and for a career as a professional mathematician.

Math-S class sizes are typically smaller than their MATH-M counterparts. The curriculum in honors courses differs substantially from the Math-M versions. Honors courses present mathematics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and on rigorous explanations. Students who excel in Math-M courses and are committed to the study of mathematics are encouraged to try an honors course after consulting with a Mathematics Department advisor.

Honors requirements

  1. Algebra. One (1) course:
  2. Calculus III. One (1) course:
  3. Calculus IV. One (1) course:
  4. Modern Algebra. One (1) course:
  5. Analysis I. One (1) course:
  6. Analysis II. One (1) course:
  7. 400–499 Level Courses. One of the following:
    • MATH-M Sequence. Six (6) credit hours:
    • MATH-S Sequence. Six (6) credit hours:
  8. Major GPA. Honors candidates must maintain a GPA of at least 3.500 in all mathematics courses.
  9. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.