Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major in Mathematics

There are four emphases for a mathematics major, as described below. The mathematics curriculum is highly sequential with a rigid and necessary prerequisite structure, and not all courses are offered each year. Students planning an academic program that includes a mathematics major, especially one including teacher certification (Tracks III and IV), are urged to consult with a member of the mathematics faculty early in their Albion career so that a proper sequence of courses may be arranged.

Failure to consider carefully the implications of course enrollment decisions may result in delayed graduation.

Foundation Courses
Mathematics 141: Calculus of a Single Variable I
Mathematics 143: Calculus of a Single Variable II
Computer Science 171: Introduction to Computer Science I
Mathematics 239: Discrete Structures
Mathematics 245: Multivariate Calculus
Mathematics 247: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

The department may waive one or more of the foundation course requirements for students with advanced high school mathematics preparation.

Mathematics Major

The mathematics major leads toward immediate employment, graduate work in the mathematical sciences, or professional study in other fields.

  • 10 units in mathematics and computer science, including six units of foundation courses, plus four additional courses: Mathematics 331, 335; two additional units of mathematics course work at the 300-level. Students contemplating graduate study in mathematics should also take as many other 300-level mathematics courses as their schedules will allow, as well as course work in French, German or Russian.
  • Mathematics 299 and 399, Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/2 unit total)
  • Students interested in pure mathematics are encouraged to select elective courses from 309, 333, 342, 345 and 349 while students interested in applied mathematics should select courses from 309, 310, 311, 316, 326, 333, 349, 360, 370 and 380.

Mathematics Major with Actuarial Mathematics Emphasis

The mathematics major with actuarial mathematics emphasis leads toward immediate employment or further study in actuarial science or a related area.

  • 10 units in mathematics and computer science, including the six units of foundation courses, plus four additional courses: 309, 310, 311, 331.
  • Mathematics 299 and 399, Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/2 unit total).
  • 3 units of cognate courses: Economics and Management 101, 102 and 348.

Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Emphasis

The mathematics major with secondary education emphasis leads to secondary teacher certification. See “Requirements for Mathematics Major With Secondary Education Certification” below.

Mathematics Major with Elementary Education Emphasis

The mathematics major with elementary education emphasis leads to elementary teacher certification. See "Requirements for Mathematics Major with Elementary Education Certification" below.

Requirements for Minor in Mathematics

  • Five units in mathematics, including the three foundation courses, Mathematics 141, 143, 239, plus one from 245, 247 and one from 331, 335, 342, 349
  • Math 299—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/4 unit)..
  • Computer Science 171.

Not open to mathematics majors.

Requirements for Minor in Applied Mathematics

  • Five units in mathematics, including Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247, plus one from 316, 326, 333, 360, 370, 380.
  • Math 299—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/4 unit).
  • Computer Science 171.

Not open to mathematics majors.

Requirements for Minor in Statistics

  • Six units in mathematics, including Mathematics 141, 143, 209, 245, 309, 310.
  • Math 299—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/4 unit).

Not open to mathematics majors.

Requirements for Minor in Computer Science

  • Five and one-quarter units in computer science, including 171, 173, and 299; plus three additional units at the 200-level or higher. At least two of these three units must be selected from 352, 354, 356 or 358.
  • Mathematics 141, 239.
  • Math 299—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/4 unit).
  • Students are encouraged to elect cognates in a specific field of interest in consultation with their adviser. Possible cognate areas include, but are not limited to, mathematics, physics, philosophy, psychology and economics.

Requirements for Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Certification

  • 10 units in mathematics and computer science, including the six foundation courses, plus 309, 331, 335, 342.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Mathematics Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • Five units in mathematics, including the three foundation courses, Mathematics 141, 143, 239, plus 335, 342. The department may waive one or more of the foundation course requirements for students with advanced high school mathematics preparation.
  • Matt 299—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/4 unit).
  • Mathematics 209, 245 and Computer Science 171 are recommended.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Mathematics Major with Elementary Education Certification

  • 10 units in mathematics and computer science, including six units of foundation courses, plus 309, 335, 342, 345.
  • Math 299 and 399—Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science (1/2 unit).
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Other Requirements for All Mathematics Majors and Minors and Computer Science Minors

  • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in any mathematics course used as a prerequisite for another mathematics course.
  • While a student may begin with Mathematics 125 and still complete a major, it is recommended that prospective majors take a similar course in high school if at all possible.
  • No course to be counted toward a major or minor in mathematics may be taken on a credit/no credit basis, except Mathematics 299 and 399, which are only offered as credit/no credit courses.
  • Students majoring or minoring in mathematics or minoring in computer science are expected to furnish the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science with information about their course work and activities related to the department. The department faculty will use this information when nominating students for awards, scholarships and membership in professional societies, and as the basis for letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to include this information on their personal World Wide Web pages or to develop a portfolio Web page for their activities related to their major.