Mathematics Courses


The College of Arts & Sciences has a 3 credit mathematics (MA) requirement as part of its distribution requirements. Students should not feel they must take a calculus course to satisfy this requirement!

The only majors in our college that require calculus are the those in the Biological Sciences, Architecture, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Economics, Joint International Relations and Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and the B.S. programs in both Earth and Environmental Science and Psychology. The Phi Beta Kappa profile also includes calculus.

In general, students leaning toward Social Science majors or those in the Arts and Humanities can pursue a non-calculus course to satisfy their Math requirement. In all cases, students should consult the current catalog ( to determine the mathematics course(s) that are required and recommended by different degree programs.


MATH 005: Introduction to Mathematical Thought (3 credits) spring semester only
This course introduces students to the meaning, content, and methods of mathematical thought.  The course considers mathematical topics of interest for their own sake, rather than for specific applications.  Topics used for illustration will vary.  Students do not need a strong high school math background. Math 005 is well suited to students majoring in the humanities.  The math content is ‘real,’ and students should expect to perform math.

MATH 012: Basic Statistics (4 credits) fall & spring 
This course provides a foundation for the statistical description and analysis of data, which are fundamental issues in the social sciences.  Students in the natural sciences also benefit from studying statistics, although calculus might be a higher priority early. 

MATH 043: Survey of Linear Algebra (3 credits) fall semester only
This course introduces students to linear algebra. This is the mathematics underlying Google search engine; Markov chains, which have applications in many areas of science and social science; the analysis of big data; as well as many other areas of application.
Many students in the sciences will take a different linear algebra course, MATH 205 or MATH 242 but MATH 043 can be used to satisfy math requirements for majors in Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Psychology as well the BA degrees in Computer Science and Chemistry. 


Other ways to earn the "MA" requirement outside of the Math Department: 

CSE 017: Programming and Data Structures (3 credits) fall and spring
Algorithmic design and implementation in a high level, object oriented language, such as Java. Classes, subclasses, recursion, searching, sorting, linked lists, trees, stacks, queues. Prerequisites: CSE 002 and (CSE 001 or CSE 012 or ENGR 010)
PHIL 114: Symbolic Logic (4 credits ) fall semester only
A first course in logical theory, introducing the notions of logical consequences and proof, as well as related concepts such as consistency and contingency. Formal systems taught may include: term logic, sentence logic, and predicate logic. 


Please review the Calculus Placement page for information about calculus. 


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