Mathematics Major/Minor

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics

The content on this page is for informational purposes only. Official degree requirements can be found in the Whittier College Catalog.

Students majoring in mathematics are required to complete the following core courses:

  • MATH 141 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or MATH 139 A, B Integrated Precalculus/Calculus (4 or 7 credits)
  • MATH 142 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
  • MATH 241 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)
  • MATH 242 Elementary Linear Algebra/Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MATH 280 Abstract Thinking (3 credits)
  • MATH 380 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 491 A, B Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Note: Students who plan to enter a graduate program in mathematics should take more than the minimum number of mathematics courses; these students should work closely with a faculty advisor from the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science to choose appropriate additional mathematics courses.

In addition to the core courses, this option requires six additional mathematics courses, five of which must be at the 300 level or higher. These seven courses must include at least one course from each of groups A, B, and C below. And, at least two of the six courses must also come from the Abstract Courses listed below A, B and C.

Group A: Analysis and Geometry Courses (at least one)

  • MATH 320 Advanced Geometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 344 Complex Variables (3 credits)
  • MATH 360 Point Set Topology (3 credits)
  • MATH 440A Introduction to Analysis I (3 credits)
  • MATH 440B Introduction to Analysis II (3 credits)

Group B: Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Courses (at least one)

  • MATH 220 Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 305 Number Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 480A Modern Algebra I (3 credits)
  • MATH 480B Modern Algebra II (3 credits)

Group C: Applied Mathematics Courses (at least one)

  • MATH 315 Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH 345A Differential Equations I (3 credits)
  • MATH 345B Differential Equations II (3 credits)
  • MATH 350 Numerical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 354 Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
  • PHYS 350 Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • MATH 480B Modern Algebra II (3 credits)

or another upper-division mathematics course or an upper-division course in another department. This course must be for at least 3 credits, involve an application of mathematics to another field, and be approved by the mathematics & computer science department faculty.

In addition, at least two of these six courses beyond the Core Courses must be on the following list of Abstract Courses

  • MATH 320 Advanced Geometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 360 Point Set Topology (3 credits)
  • MATH 440A Introduction to Analysis I (3 credits)
  • MATH 440B Introduction to Analysis II (3 credits)
  • MATH 480A Modern Algebra I (3 credits)
  • MATH 480B Modern Algebra II (3 credits)

Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics requires 20-23 credits, including the following:

  • MATH 141 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or MATH 139 A, B Integrated Precalculus/Calculus (4 or 7 credits)
  • MATH 142 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
  • MATH 280 Abstract Thinking (3 credits)
  • MATH 242 Elementary Linear Algebra/Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • 6 credits of upper-division mathematics courses (300-level or higher)