Math Specializations, Prep for Math Graduate Study

Mathematics is a subject with many facets and many applications. The School of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics degree programs that allow students to customize their program through course selection. To help guide course selection students may choose to complete a specialization in actuarial mathematics, computer applications, mathematical biology (genomics or physiology), or mathematics education depending on their interests or career goals. However, some of our math majors choose to complete the Math major without a specialization. This option is particularly relevant for students who plan to choose courses that will prepare them for graduate study in pure and applied mathematics. We also offer courses in mathematics that apply to industry and courses that could lead to careers in business or finance.

 

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B.S. Mathematics Specializations

B.S. NO SPECIALIZATION

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • One Applied Algebra course
  • Two Analysis courses
  • Four additional upper-division MATH courses
  • Technical elective two-course package

B.S. ACTUARIAL SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • MATH 5652 Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 4065 Theory of Interest
  • MATH 5067 Actuarial Mathematics I
  • MATH 5068 Actuarial Mathematics II
  • One additional upper-division MATH course (recommended: MATH 5075, 4428, 5485, 5076)
  • One CSCI course from 1103, 1113, 1133
  • ECON 1101, 1102
  • ACCT 2050
  • FINA 3001
  • STAT 3021, 3032, 5102 (3021 and 3032 satisfy the technical elective requirement)
  • One of INS 4100, 4200
  • Recommended: MATH 4067W Actuarial Mathematics in Practice

B.S. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS SPECIALIZATION

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 5485 Numerical Methods I
  • MATH 5486 Numerical Methods II
  • One additional Analysis course
  • MATH 5165 Mathematical Logic I
  • One additional computing-related MATH course (4242, 5166, 5248, 5251, 5285H, 5286H, 5385, 5705, 5707, 5711)
  • Two additional upper-division MATH courses
  • Two 1xxx-level CSCI courses (for example 1103-1913 or 1113-1913 or 1133-1933)
  • CSCI 2011/2011H
  • Two upper-division CSCI courses (4011, 4041, 4511W, 5421, 5451, 5511, 5512, 5521, 5607, 5608), which satisfy the technical elective requirement

B.S. MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY: GENOMICS SPECIALIZATION

  • MATH 4428 Mathematical Modeling
  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5525 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH 5535 Dynamical Systems & Chaos
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probabilty and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • Three additional upper-division MATH courses (for example: MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks)
  • CSCI 5461 or 5481 (note the CSCI prerequisites for these courses)
  • BIOL 1009/1009H General Biology (regular/Honors)
  • GCD 3022 Genetics
  • One of the following: (note the prerequisites for the EEB and GCD courses)
    • EEB 5042 Quantitative Genetics
    • GCD 4143 Human Genetics
    • GCD 4151 Molecular Biology of Cancer
    • CSCI 5461/5481 (the one not taken above)
    • MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks (recommended)

B.S. MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY: PHYSIOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

  • MATH 4428 Mathematical Modeling
  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5525 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH 5535 Dynamical Systems & Chaos
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks or MATH 5447 Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Two additional upper-division MATH courses
  • BIOL 1009/1009H General Biology (regular/Honors)
  • PHSL 3061 Principles of Physiology
  • CHEM 1061/1071H and 1065/1075H
  • CHEM 1062/1062H and 1066/1076H
  • One of the following: (note the prerequisites for PHSL and NSC courses)
    • PHSL 4700 Cell Physiology
    • PHSL 5444 Muscle
    • NSC 5202 Theoretical Neuroscience: Systems and Information Processing (note the prerequisites for this course)
    • MATH 5445 or MATH 5447 (the one not taken above)

B.S. MATHEMATICS EDUCATION SPECIALIZATION

  • MATH 4281 or MATH 5248 or MATH 5251 or MATH 5285H (Theoretical Algebra)
  • MATH 4707 or MATH 5705 or MATH 5707 (Note: MATH 4707 Introduction to Combinatorics and Graph Theory satisfies the Algebra requirement only for the Math Ed specialization.)
  • MATH 5335 Geometry I
  • MATH 4653 Elementary Probability (or MATH 5651 or STAT 5101 may be substituted, either of these two courses will also fulfill part of the Analysis requirement)
  • Two Analysis courses
  • Two additional upper-division MATH courses (recommended: MATH 5336, 4242, 5652, STAT 5102)
  • Technical elective two-course package

B.A. Mathematics Specializations

B.A. No Specialization

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • One Applied Algebra course
  • Two Analysis courses
  • Two additional upper-division MATH courses
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

B.A. Actuarial Science Specialization

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • MATH 5652 Stochastic Processes
  • MATH 4065 Theory of Interest
  • MATH 5067 Actuarial Mathematics I
  • MATH 5068 Actuarial Mathematics II
  • One CSCI course
  • ECON 1101, 1102
  • ACCT 2050
  • FINA 3001
  • STAT 3021, 3032, 5102
  • One INS from 4100, 4200
  • Recommended: MATH 4067W Actuarial Mathematics in Practice
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

B.A. Computer Applications Specialization

  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 5485 Numerical Methods I (an Applied Algebra course)
  • MATH 5486 Numerical Methods II (an Analysis course)
  • One additional course from the Analysis list
  • MATH 5165 Mathematical Logic I
  • One additional computing-related MATH course (4242, 5166, 5248, 5251, 5285H, 5286H, 5385, 5705, 5707, 5711)
  • Two 1xxx-level CSCI courses (for example 1103-1913 or 1113-1913 or 1133-1933)
  • CSCI 2011/2011H
  • Two upper-division CSCI courses (4011, 4041, 4511W, 5421, 5451, 5511, 5512, 5521, 5607, 5608, )
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

B.A. Mathematical Biology: Genomics Specialization

  • MATH 4428 Mathematical Modeling
  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5525 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH 5535 Dynamical Systems & Chaos
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • One additional upper-division MATH course (for example: MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks)
  • BIOL 1009/1009H General Biology (regular/Honors)
  • GCD 3022 Genetics
  • CSCI 5461 or 5481 (note the CSCI prerequisites for these courses)
  • One of the following: (note the prerequisites for the EEB and GCD courses)
    • EEB 5042 Quantitative Genetics
    • GCD 4143 Human Genetics
    • GCD 4151 Molecular Biology of Cancer
    • MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks (recommended)
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

B.A. Mathematical Biology: Physiology Specialization

  • MATH 4428 Mathematical Modeling
  • One Theoretical Algebra course
  • MATH 4242 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5525 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH 5535 Dynamical Systems & Chaos
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • MATH 5445 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks or MATH 5447 Theoretical Neuroscience
  • BIOL 1009/1009H General Biology (regular/Honors)
  • PHSL 3061 Principles of Physiology
  • PHYS 1201W/1301W/1401V
  • PHYS 1202W/1302W/1402V
  • CHEM 1061/1071H and 1065/1075H
  • CHEM 1062/1072H and 1066/1076H
  • One of the following: (note the prerequisites for PHSL and NSC courses)
    • PHSL 4700 Cell Physiology
    • PHSL 5444 Muscle
    • NSC 5202 Theoretical Neuroscience: Systems and Information Processing (note the prerequisites for this course)
    • MATH 5445 or MATH 5447 (the one not taken above)
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

B.A. Mathematics Education Specialization

  • MATH 4281 or MATH 5248 or MATH 5251 or MATH 5285H (Theoretical Algebra course)
  • MATH 4707 or MATH 5705 or MATH 5707 (Note: MATH 4707 Introduction to Combinatorics and Graph Theory satisfies the Algebra requirement only for the Math Ed specialization.)
  • MATH 5335 Geometry I
  • MATH 4653 Elementary Probability (MATH 5651 or STAT 5101 may be substituted, either of these two courses will also fulfill part of the Analysis requirement)
  • Two courses from the Analysis list
  • CLA Capstone (MATH 4995 or 4997W)

Mathematics Graduate Study Preparation: Pure, Applied, Mathematics Education

Courses to Consider in Preparation for Graduate Studies in Mathematics

  • MATH 3592H/3593H or MATH 1571H/1572H/2573H/2574H/3283W
  • MATH 5615H/5616H Honors: Introduction to Analysis I/II
  • MATH 5285H/5286H Honors: Fundamental Structures of Algebra I/II
  • MATH 5165/5166 Mathematical Logic I/II
  • MATH 5345H Honors: Introduction to Topology
  • MATH 5378 Differential Geometry
  • MATH 5467 Introduction to the Mathematics of Image and Data Analysis
  • MATH 5485/5486 Introduction to Numerical Methods I/II
  • MATH 5587/5588 Elementary Partial Differential Equations I/II
  • MATH 5583 Complex Analysis
  • MATH 5651 Basic Theory of Probability and Statistics or STAT 5101
  • MATH 8xxx - Contact ugrad@umn.edu for information on 8xxx MATH courses

Choosing and Applying to Graduate School: Pure, Applied, Mathematics Education