Welcome to the Department of Mathematics! We have about 500 Math math majors and 100 math minors.
The undergraduate major in mathematics is an introduction to understanding of both the foundations and the frontiers of the discipline, and an opportunity to learn about its diverse applications. Students can study the grand theories of algebra, analysis, and topology which dominated mathematics research and teaching for the first two thirds of the twentieth century. These traditional areas have now been supplemented by major developments in other mathematical sciences--in number theory, logic, statistics, operations research, probability, computation, geometry, and combinatorics.
Majors usually begin by taking the calculus sequence. By the end of their first year, it is highly suggested for students to take either of the introductory proof classes (Discrete Math or Number Systems). In the second year, students normally take either Linear Algebra or Linear Algebra for Majors.
Following this, majors begin to learn some aspects of the main branches of modern mathematics; algebra, analysis, geometry & topology, foundations, and number theory, as well as some of their subdivisions and hybrids (e.g., probability & statistics, partial differential equations, differential geometry, and complex analysis). As the courses become more advanced, they often become more theoretical and proof-oriented and less computational, and students can develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of both theoretical and applied mathematics.
Students can be guided with the five tracks (comprehensive, applicable, computational, statistics, and secondary education) to help propagate them into their future endeavors.
Current/continuing students with a 3.3+ GPA can self-enroll in honors courses (link), and begin working on an department honors thesis project (link) in the junior year and defend their thesis in the senior year to be graduate with Latin honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
To supplement coursework, students are encouraged to be involved in departmental extracurricular opportunities (link) such as tutoring or being an LA.
For students wanting to pursue graduate work, they are highly suggested to do some undergraduate research (link) or enroll in honors (link) or independent study (MATH 4900).
For student waning to pursue a career in industry, at least attend CU Career Fairs (October) and network, and remain active and up to date on LinkedIn (December-March during final year).