All incoming students are given a recommended placement in mathematics based upon their high school record and their performance on the SAT and/or ACT.
11 to 15 courses make up the major:
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II, Linear Algebra, and Multivariate Calculus;
- two of the following: Differential Equations, Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Mathematical Modeling, Operations Research, Numerical Analysis, and Probability and Statistics I and II;
- two of the following: Introduction to Topology, Real Analysis I and II, Abstract Algebra I and II, and Functions of a Complex Variable;
- one other full-credit course numbered above 212;
- Computer Programming I; and
- Independent Study.
A minor in mathematics consists of six courses, three of which must be Calculus I (111 or 108), Calculus II (112), and Linear Algebra (211). The other three mathematics courses must be numbered above 210.
Combined programs of liberal arts and engineering are available. See Pre-Engineering Advising Program.
Students who are planning to receive licensure in elementary education are required to take Education 260: Curriculum: Math/Science/Social Studies in the Early Childhood Years. No mathematics beyond this course is required to fulfill the State requirement; however, Mathematics 100 would be an excellent choice to help meet Wooster's Learning Across the Disciplines requirements. Any student wishing to pursue licensure in elementary education should plan a program carefully with the Department of Education. For licensure in middle school or adolescent to young adult/secondary teaching of mathematics, State requirements call for at least a minor in mathematics. In addition, either Education 250: Middle School Curriculum Methods and Assessment: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies or Education 316: Curriculum Methods and Assessment in Adolescent and Young Adult Education: Integrated Mathematics is required. Mathematics majors seeking certification for teaching middle school or adolescent to young adult/secondary mathematics should plan their program early, in consultation with the Department of Education, and may choose to write a Senior Independent Study Thesis on a topic related to the teaching of adolescent to young adult/secondary mathematics.
Students who wish to pursue graduate study in mathematics should take a minimum of Math 300: Topology, Math 302: Real Analysis I, Math 304: Abstract Algebra I, and Math 306: Functions of a Complex Variable.