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The Mathematics curriculum lays a solid foundation of both methods and concepts with courses in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. Students can specialize with courses in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. The program is flexible enough to allow for minors or double majors in other areas such as physics or computer science.

Students in the Mathematics Undergraduate Program choose between the Math Option and Statistics Option according to their interests. The Department also offers a separate program in Applied Mathematics & Statistics.

Sample Program (Math Option) - Class of 2012
Freshman Fall
MA131 Calculus I
CS141 Computer Science I
UNIV 190 Clarkson Seminar
PH131 Physics I
FY100 First Year Seminar
Freshman Spring
MA132 Calculus II
CS142 Intro to CS II (rec'd)PH132 Physics II
MA200 Math Modeling & Software
Knowledge Area  Course (KA)
Sophomore Fall
MA211 Foundations
MA232 Differential  Equations
KA Elective
Science Elective
Free Elective
Sophomore Spring
MA231 Calculus III
MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
STAT383Applied Statistics I
KA Elective
Free Elective
Junior Fall
MA321 Advanced Calculus I
MA311 Abstract Algebra (or MA313)
KA Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Junior Spring
MA322 Advanced Calculus II (or MA314)
MA/CS Elective
KA Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Senior Fall
MA451/453 Math Research/Math Instruction
Math/CS/STAT Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
MA499 Prof. Experience
Senior Spring
MA/CS/STAT Elective
MA/CS/STAT Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective

(see sample program for Statistics Option).

Math & Computer Science Requirements
(Course Descriptions)

  • MA131 Calculus I
  • MA132 Calculus II
  • CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • MA200 Math Modeling and Software
  • MA211 Foundations
  • MA231 Calculus III
  • MA232 Differential Equations
  • MA321 Advanced Calculus I
  • MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
  • STAT383 Applied Statistics I
  • MA451 or MA453 Introduction to Mathematical Research or Mathematical Teaching
  • MA499 Professional Experience
  • Math Option (TWO of these courses)
    • MA311 Abstract Algebra
    • MA313 Abstract Linear Algebra
    • MA314 Number Theory and its Applications
    • MA322 Advanced Calculus II
      PLUS: 11 credits of MA/CS.
  • Statistics Option (These FOUR courses)
    • MA381 Probability
    • STAT382 Mathematical Statistics I
    • STAT384 Applied Statistics II
    • STAT488 Statistics Project (1-3 credits)
      PLUS: 5-7 credits MA/CS

Science Requirements

  • PH131 Physics I
  • PH132 Physics II
  • Three credits from physics, chemistry, biology, or Science Foundation courses

Clarkson Common Experience Requirements

  • UNIV 190 Clarkson Seminar
  • University Course (covers two knowledge areas) and Four Knowledge Area (KA) courses must cover all six areas:
    • Contemporary & Global Issues (CGI)
    • Cultures & Society (CSO)
    • Economics & Organizations (EC)
    • Imaginative Arts (IA)
    • Individual & Group Behavior (IG)
    • Science, Technology & Society (STS)
  • Communications Points: Total of 6 points, at least 2 points must be in Major courses at 300+ level.

Further Requirements

  • Additional credits in electives to bring your total credits to 120.
  • FY100, First Year Seminar
  • Any student who, upon matriculation at Clarkson, was assigned to the Class of 2004 or later, must achieve a cumulative QPA of at least 2.0 in the major field of study, and if completing one or more minors, must have achieved a QPA of at least 2.0 in each minor. The list of courses that constitute the major and minor field are determined by the department or academic unit that offers the degree program or minor and are maintained by Student Administrative Services.
  • See Academic Regulations for a complete listing of University Regulations.

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Note: requirements may differ from year to year. See your adviser for specific requirements regarding your graduation year.