Mathematics Major

Mathematics Major Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Mathematics are expected to:

  • Achieve mastery of a rich and diverse set of mathematical ideas, with particular emphasis on the ideas of algebra and analysis;
  • Achieve an understanding of mathematical abstraction and the nature of mathematical proofs, including the ability to read and write proofs;
  • Communicate mathematics both orally and in writing;
  • Think analytically and creatively to create mathematical models of real world problems, analyze them, and interpret the analysis.

The Mathematics Major

The major program in Mathematics leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and requires the completion of at least 47 semester credit hours of Mathematics courses numbered above MATH 151 (with the exception of MATH 157, 158, 159, 160, 170, 210), including:


FSMAT 201 may be counted toward the major in Mathematics.

 Mathematics Majors are required to take any Mathematics course numbered higher than MATH 151 for a letter grade. Transfer students majoring in Mathematics must complete at least 28 semester credit hours of Mathematics coursework at Allegheny.

The student can prepare for several career areas in the mathematical sciences. Below is a list of the areas followed by courses recommended by the Mathematics Department in addition to the required courses for the major:

Students in cooperative programs who want to major in Mathematics must complete a minimum of 43 semester credit hours of Mathematics courses numbered above MATH 151 (except 157, 158, 159, 160, 170, 210) and meet all the requirements for a major, as described above, except for MATH 620. At least 32 of these 43 semester credit hours must be taken at Allegheny. Students in cooperative engineering programs are required to take MATH 270  and MATH 280.  

Each Mathematics major, whether concentrating in applied mathematics or not, should be familiar with applications of mathematics to at least one other field. For this reason, the Department of Mathematics strongly recommends that majors pursue a sequence of two or more courses in at least one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geology, or Physics.

Mathematics majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in Mathematics courses at graduation. All Mathematics courses taken at Allegheny and numbered Math 152 and above (except 157, 158, 159, 160, 170, 210) will be used to compute the mathematics GPA. For the purposes of graduation, and with the approval of the Department Chair, if a student completes more than the minimum number of credits required for the Mathematics major, then the GPA in Mathematics may be computed using all required Mathematics courses and selected Mathematics electives numbered above MATH 152 (except 157, 158, 159, 160, 170, 210) that satisfy all requirements for the Mathematics major. In the case of repeated courses taken at Allegheny, only the most recent grade is included. Courses transferred to Allegheny will not be included in the departmental GPA.

Normally, the Department of Mathematics will only award the honor citation in Mathematics to students who have completed at least one course from among MATH 400, MATH 425, and MATH 440.

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