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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

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Goals for Majors and Minors

Students who complete a mathematics major:

  • possess an understanding and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of the mathematical sciences and their deep interconnecting principles;
  • are able to work independently and confidently in mathematical situations;
  • develop a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of undergraduate mathematics. Furthermore, students have the ability to communicate mathematical ideas with precision, clarity, and organization; and
  • possess a positive attitude toward and derive enjoyment from studying and applying mathematics.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The mathematics major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 42 credits, including 170, 175, 200, 250, 370, 485, and an additional 19 credits in courses numbered 200 or above, at least two courses (minimum 6 credits) of which must be numbered 300 or above. Students planning on graduate study in mathematics should plan their programs with their advisors to include more than the minimum indicated.

For a minor: 20 credits, including 170, 175, and 12 credits in courses numbered 200 or above.

For a minor in Mathematics Education: 26 credits, including 135, 136, 140, 170, 230, and at least 6 credits in courses numbered 175 or above. Students may substitute 340 for 140 thus reducing the total number of credits needed for the minor to 23.

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Mathematics,  a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.