Basic Structure of the Department
- The Mathematics department offers a single major, three modified majors (with biology, philosophy and complex systems) and nine minors. Of course, any student may construct a modified major with math and any other discipline.
- Within the single major, the student has considerable flexibility. Several structures for the major (pure math, applied math, and math education [for those who intend to teach math at the secondary level]) are described in the ORC, and can be fine tuned with consultation with the department advisor to majors (Dana Williams 6-2990).
- The Mathematics minors:
- Applied Mathematics for Physical and Engineering Sciences
- Applied Mathematics for Biological and Social Sciences
- Mathematical Biology
- Mathematical Logic
- Mathematical Physics
- Mathematical Finance
- Complex Systems
- Minor in Statistics
- Note: First-year students interested in taking mathematics should begin with the course indicated by their placement results (if any), and continue accordingly with the appropriate sequence.
Please refer to Math Placement and Sequencing for more information on specific courses.
Professor of Math Scott Pauls (646-1047) serves as the First-Year Advisor, and is available for consultation. A phone call is the best way to get immediate advice.
Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Mathematics
- Students who wish to explore mathematics but who are not likely to take courses which require some mathematics (e.g. science and/or engineering courses), good options include one of the MATH 5 offerings, MATH 6, and/or MATH 10.
- Students who are likely to take courses which require some mathematics should take a calculus course – most likely MATH 3 or MATH 1-2 depending on their placement.
Information for the First-Year Student who Plans on Pursuing Mathematics
- Students who see themselves as potential math majors, modified majors, minors or who simply plan to pursue mathematics in-depth, are encouraged to contact Professor Dana Williams, the advisor to majors, early in their Dartmouth career to discuss plans of study in order to best fit their curricular goals. Most students in this situation are encouraged to finish the calculus sequence and MATH 22/24 as quickly as possible. Beyond those courses, students are encouraged to pick courses based on their interest.
Basic Information about Courses in Math
Refer to Math Placement and Sequencing on for more information
- MATH 1-2 is a fall-winter sequence for first-year students, by invitation only (as indicated on placement record), and is determined pre-matriculation. It covers over two terms what MATH 3 covers in one. A student who places into 1-2 and wants to enroll must enroll in the fall term of their first year. The sequence is only offered fall-winter and is only available to first-year students. Completing 1-2 makes a student eligible for MATH 8.
- MATH 3 (Intro to Calculus), MATH 8 (Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables), and MATH 13 (Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions), form the basic calculus sequence.
- MATH 3 and 8 comprise material much of which is often covered in a high school curriculum but with the expectations and demands of college-level work.
- MATH 3, 8 and 13 are service courses for other departments (engineering, physics, etc.).
- MATH 5 is targeted for non-majors and fulfills the QDS requirement.
- MATH 10 (Introduction to Statistics) is targeted at non-majors who need basic statistics training.
- MATH 11, offered in the fall, is designed specifically for the first-year student who places out of 3 and 8. MATH 11 includes some material covered in MATH 8, and can be viewed as an equivalent for MATH 13 (see below for more information). MATH 12 is the honors section of MATH 11, and explores the broader role of calculus within mathematics and the sciences.
- MATH 17 is designed for first-year students with credit for 3, 8 and often 13, and particularly motivated and interested in mathematics. The aim is to introduce a potential math major to interesting questions in the discipline of mathematics before the student undergoes the rigors of the major. After taking 17, a student would probably continue with MATH 12, 13 or 14 (if they have not already taken one of these) or MATH 22/24, or 23.
- A student should take MATH 22 (Linear Algebra with Applications) or 24 (the honors section of 22) before he or she decides to major in math. MATH 22/24 (and not the calculus sequence) constitutes the introduction to higher-level abstract mathematics characteristic of the discipline.
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