mathematics

Mathematics is much more than working with numbers and solving equations. It underlies many daily decisions, is crucial to thinking critically about what we read and hear in the media, is the language of science and technology, and lies behind the games we play and the work we do.

Mathematical and quantitative thinking is incorporated across the curriculum. You’ll find it woven into programs and courses involving science, sociology, psychology, economics, linguistics, and the arts. We also offer opportunities to study mathematics as a discipline in its own right: both pure and applied and from beginning to advanced.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Algebraic Thinking FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Business Entrepreneurship Fundamentals FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Calculus and Analytical Geometry I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Calculus and Analytical Geometry II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Calculus and Analytical Geometry III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Combinatory Play: Creative Writing, Mathematics, and Improv FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Computer Science Foundations FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Dimensions of Inequality: Social Science and Statistics SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Environmental Science Foundations FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Food Chemistry FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Food Chemistry FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
How Do You Know What You Know? SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Modeling Biological Systems FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Precalculus I FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Precalculus II FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Programming Language Theory and Practice SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0, 8, 16
Statistics I FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Statistics I FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Statistics I (A) FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Statistics I (B) FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Statistics II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Topics in Science FR-SR
  • Fall
12
Tutoring Math and Science Across Significant Differences FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Business Fundamentals FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Data Structures and Algorithms SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Ecological Dynamics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Mathematical Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
10, 16
Quantitative Permaculture Systems FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Software SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16