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Undergraduate Program

Major and Minor Requirements

Mathematics Major:
To major in mathematics, a student must take ten courses beyond Calculus II (Math 32, 36, or 39). These courses must include Math 42 or 44, Math 70 or 72, Math 135, Math 145, Math 136 or 146, two more 100-level mathematics courses, and three electives. The electives may include mathematics courses numbered 50 or above and up to two approved courses in related fields. All of these requirements, including a list of courses in related fields, can be found on the Mathematics Major Concentration Checklist.

Majors are advised to complete Math 42 or 44 and Math 70 or 72 by the end of their second year, and are encouraged to take Math 61 (Discrete Mathematics) or Math 63 (Number Theory) to prepare themselves for the proofs in higher-level mathematics courses. (Math 72 can serve this purpose as well.) Students who aim at graduate school in mathematics are advised to take both Math 136 and Math 146.

Students in the School of Engineering may, with certain exceptions, choose mathematics as a second area of concentration. To do so, a student must notify the dean of engineering through the Department of Mathematics at least one semester before graduation. The student must complete a program that simultaneously satisfies the conditions for a degree from the School of Engineering and the concentration requirements of the Department of Mathematics.

Applied Mathematics Major:
To major in Applied Mathematics, a student must take 13 courses beyond Calculus II. These courses must include the following: Math 42 or 44, Math 51, Math 70 or 72, Math 87, Math 158, Math 135-136, one of Math 145, Math 61/Comp 61, Comp 15, or Comp/Math 163, one of the following three sequences: Math 126-128, 151-152, 161-162, one of Math 126, 128, 151, 152, 161, 162 (excluding the sequence referred to in the last requirement), and two electives. Math courses numbered 61 or above are acceptable electives. With the approval of the Mathematics Department, students may also choose as electives courses with strong mathematical content that are not listed as Math courses. Majors are advised to complete Math 42 or 44, Math 70 or 72, and Math 87 by the end of their sophomore year. The Math 51 requirement is waived for students who successfully complete Math 155. (Please note, however, that Math 155 is offered fairly infrequently. After taking Math 51, students may still take Math 155 as an elective.) All of these requirements, including a complete list of related courses, can be found on the Applied Mathematics Major Concentration Checklist.

Majors must email applmathrelfieldapproval@tufts.edu to request approval of any elective courses taken outside of the Mathematics department. These requests should include the syllabus (syllabi) for the requested course(s). Students are strongly recommended to obtain written approval from the related fields advisor prior to taking the course(s).

Math courses numbered 61 or above are acceptable electives. With the approval of the Mathematics Department, students may also choose as electives courses with strong mathematical content that are not listed as Math courses. View a sample list of courses that have been approved or disallowed.

Mathematics Minor:
To minor in mathematics, a student must take six courses in the department beyond the level of Math 34 or 39. These must include Math 44 or 42 and 72 or 70, as well as Math 135 or 145 (or both). All of these requirements can be found on the Mathematics Minor Checklist.