Program Requirements

Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics

Required basic and intermediate courses for all concentrations:

  • MATH 1231 (or Math 1220 and 1221), Single Variable Calculus I
  • MATH 1232, Single Variable Calculus II
  • MATH 2233, Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 2971, Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning,
  •  Any one of the following computer programming courses:CSCI 1011(Java), CSCI 1041(FORTRAN), CSCI 1111(Software Development), CSCI 1121 or 1131(C)
  • Majors in pure math may instead take an additional 3000- or 4000-level elective.
  • Linear Algebra: the table below gives the options for each concentration and degree.                                                                                                                                                       
Pure 2185 or (2184 and 3125) 2185 or (2184 and 3125)
Applied 2184 or 2185 2185 or (2184 and 3125)
Interdisciplinary 2184 or 2185 2185 or (2184 and 3125)

Taking Math 2185, Linear Algebra I for Math Majors, is strongly recommended.

Required advanced courses:

Majors must complete 21 credit hours (7 courses) for the BA, or 27 credit hours (9 courses) for the BS, of 3000- or 4000-level mathematics courses,
including the following track-specific requirements:


For Pure Mathematics:

For Applied Mathematics:

For Interdisciplinary Mathematics:

  • MATH 3342, Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 3359, Intro to Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH 3553, Intro to Numerical Analysis
  • a minor or second major in statistics, economics, physics, finance, any SEAS department, or another discipline, approved by the department, in which mathematics is heavily used.
  • You can download a planner for the interdisciplinary concentration.

Minor in Mathematics

Students who have taken a significant amount of mathematics, but not enough for a major may graduate with a minor in mathematics. This requires 18 hours in mathematics courses, including Math 2184 or 2185, of which at least 9 hours are 3000-level or higher, chosen in consultation with a mathematics department advisor.

Columbian College requires that at least one-half of the course work for a minor must be done in residence.

You can download a planner for the minor.

Special Honors

A student who wishes to do a research project and write a senior thesis can graduate with Special Honors . To do so, a student must meet the general requirements stated under University Regulations and maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in all major courses. To obtain Special Honors, a student must enroll in an 3 additional credit hours of Math 4995 (usually as a fourth year student) and complete an oral defense of a senior thesis.

Information for Undergraduates

General Questions:

Professor Xiaofeng Ren
(202) 994-6791

Majors and Minors

Professor Joe Bonin
(202) 994-6273

Transfer Credit

Professor Hugo D. Junghenn
(202) 994-6236