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Why Major In Math?

During the course of study in mathematics at Oglethorpe, students move from a concrete, algorithmic mode of reasoning in early courses to a more abstract, formal mode of reasoning in the later capstone courses. 

The successful mathematics major will:

  • Sharpen his/her problem-solving skills
  • Communicate mathematical results in a rigorous way that exhibits good mathematical speaking, and
  • Communicate mathematical results in a rigorous way that exhibits good mathematical writing.

Through tutoring, volunteer and internship opportunities, participating mathematics majors can further strengthen their own understanding of mathematics and help others to do the same.

Upon graduation, mathematics majors are ready to pursue graduate study in mathematics or in a variety of other disciplines, teacher preparation or employment in industry, including actuarial science and operations research.

Major

In order to major in mathematics, a student must successfully complete the following mathematics and computer science courses, each with a grade of "C-" or higher:

CSC 201 Introduction to Programming
MAT 131 Calculus I
MAT 132 Calculus II
MAT 233 Calculus III
MAT 234 Calculus IV (2 Credits)
MAT 234 Differential Equations
MAT 241 Proof & Logic
MAT 361 Probability
MAT 372 Linear Algebra
MAT 471 Abstract Algebra
MAT 482 Real Analysis
MAT 490 Advanced Special Topics
MAT 496 Senior Seminar in Mathematics (2 Credits).

Mathematics majors graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Minor

In order to minor in mathematics, a student must successfully complete the following mathematics courses, each with a grade of "C-" or higher: Calculus II, Calculus III, Calculus IV, Proof & Logic, and one additional four-credit course at the 200-level or above chosen from the list required for the major. 

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