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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Mathematics

Prepare for Graduate School While You Are Still an Undergraduate

    • Take a Lot of Mathematics Courses
      It is preferable, but not essential, for students thinking about going to graduate school in math to take as many math courses as possible.
      • At minimum, students should have one (preferably two) semesters of real analysis and one (preferably two) semesters of abstract algebra (groups, rings, fields, vector spaces). Students may study vector spaces in a separate, or third, algebra course, or it may be incorporated in the standard two-semester algebra sequence.
      • Other foundational courses: Complex analysis, differential equations, topology.

      • Examples of courses giving breadth: combinatorics, number theory, logic, differential geometry, probability.