Program Requirements

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

Required basic and intermediate courses for all concentrations:

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; however, for the BS, if a student completes the BS requirements for a major in astronomy and astrophysics, biology, biophysics, chemistry,  economics, physics, statistics, finance, or any major in SEAS, the requirement is reduced to 21 credit hours.  This course work must include the following track-specific requirements:

For Pure Mathematics:

  • MATH 4121, Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
  • MATH 4239, Real Analysis I
    • Any two courses (6 credits) from the following:
        MATH 3125, Linear Algebra II
        MATH 3257, Introduction to Complex Variables

        MATH 3806, Introduction to Topology

        MATH 4122, Introduction to Abstract Algebra II
        MATH 4240, Real Analysis II
  • You can download a planner for the pure concentration.

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
[email protected]

Majors and Minors

Professor Joe Bonin
(202) 994-6273
[email protected]

Transfer Credit

Professor Hugo D. Junghenn
(202) 994-6236
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