Trajectory

Below are some suggested possibilities for the four-year schedule for the mathematics major.

We offer a few different choices depending on the student's particular academic goals. A few issues to keep in mind are the following:

  • Mathematics 302 and 305 will be offered every semester.
  • It is of great importance for students to complete Mathematics 302 and 305 as early as possible, and no later than the end of junior year. Without these courses, students are restricted access from the upper part of the curriculum.
  • A student who goes abroad for a semester or year must find some way of keeping up with the suggested schedule. She may choose to take mathematics courses at the relevant foreign institution, or she may register in two or more mathematics courses at Wellesley either before her departure or subsequent to her return.
  • Mathematics 303, 307 and 310 are not offered every year, but each only requires just 302 as a prerequisite. They can be interchanged in one's four-year curriculum as needed.
  • We will be offering Graph Theory (Math 325) every other year from now on.

The following are general guidelines and students are strongly encouraged to consult with their current mathematics professor and/or their advisor in making choices about their courses.

Pure Mathematics: Intensive Track

Students who are interested in pursuing a very intensive curriculum in mathematics should consider taking as many 300-level courses as possible. Having finished this curriculum, they are well-prepared graduate studies in mathematics or theoretical physics. Both 302 and 305 should be completed by the middle of the junior year, and students should be taking at least two 300-level mathematics courses each semester the third and fourth years. The chart below depicts the track depending on the calculus course into which the student was originally placed.

  Courses to take Courses to take Courses to take
First year fall 115 116/120 205
First year spring 116 205, 223 206, 223
Second year fall 205, 206 206, 225 225, 305
Second year spring 225, 302 302 302, 306
Third year fall 305, 303 305, 303 303, 349
Third year spring 306, 310 306, 310 310, 349
Fourth year fall 307, 309 307, 309 307, 309
Fourth year spring 310, 349 310, 349 310, 349


Pure Mathematics: Gentle Track

Students who are interested in mathematics and its structural elegance, perhaps with the intent to pursue the education sector, should consider the following table. This track is particularly useful for students who are double majoring in Mathematics and a subject in the Humanities such as Music, Philosophy, English or the Classics.
 

  Courses to take Courses to take Courses to take
First year fall 115 116/120 205
First year spring 116 205, 223 206, 223
Second year fall 205 206, 225 225, 305
Second year spring 206, 223 302 302, 306
Third year fall 225, 305 305 303
Third year spring 302, 306 306 310/325
Fourth year fall 307, 309 307, 309 307, 309
Fourth year spring 310, 325 310, 325 325


Applicable Mathematics: Intensive Track

Students who are interested in mathematics for its connection to real world problems or applicability to economics, computer science, chemistry or physics should consider taking mathematics courses that include computational methods. Those who follow the below sequences will have the mathematical background required for graduate school in the above subjects.
 

  Courses to take Courses to take Courses to take
First year fall 115 116/120 205
First year spring 116 205, 223 206, 223
Second year fall 205 206, 220 210, 225
Second year spring 206, 223 210, 302 220, 302
Third year fall 225, 305 225, 305 305
Third year spring 302, 306 306/325 306/325
Fourth year fall 220, 303 303 303
Fourth year spring 210, 310 310/325 310/325


Mathematics: Minimal Degree

Students who wish to obtain a mathematics degree with the minimal number of courses should consider the following sequences. Recall that students must complete at least nine units for the mathematics major, eight of which lie at the 200- or 300-level and four of which lie at the 300-level.
 

  Courses to take Courses to take Courses to take
First year fall 115 116/120 205
First year spring 116 205 206
Second year fall 205 206 225
Second year spring 206, 223 223, 302 223, 302
Third year fall 225, 305 225, 305 220, 305
Third year spring 220, 302 220, 306 306
Fourth year fall 310 310 310
Fourth year spring 309 325 325

 

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Congrats!

Congratulations to Anjali Kayal, Abigail Raz, Smaranda Sandu, and Farrah Yhee for completing the requirements for honors in mathematics.  

Congratulations to all of our seniors for completing their undergraduate careers; best of luck as you move beyond Wellesley!

More congrats!

Prof. Megan Kerr was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor.  Congratulations Prof. Kerr!  

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