Mathematics: General Mathematics, BA
At the core of modern theoretical science, mathematics has historically provided an expressive language and a theoretical framework for advances in the physical sciences. It has since become central in the life and social sciences and in computer science. Mathematics at Penn embraces traditional core areas of mathematics as well as developing areas (Penn is one of the world's leading centers in the application of logic to theoretical computer science). The goals of the major program are to assist students in acquiring both an understanding of mathematics and the ability to use it. The mathematics major provides a solid foundation for graduate study in mathematics and a background for study in economics, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering, as well as many non-traditional areas.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.
Majors and prospective majors: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be assigned to one of the Math Major Advisors who will discuss your current and future plans with you. It is important that you see this advisor at least once per semester thereafter.
Below is a planning tool that is meant to help you but does not replace the web and advisor visit requirements.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||20|
|Select one of the following Options:||2-3|
|Calculus, Part I|
|Calculus, Part II|
|Calculus, Part III|
|Honors Calculus, Part II|
|Complex Analysis Requirement|
|MATH 410||Complex Analysis||1|
|Advanced Linear Algebra Requirement|
|MATH 314||Advanced Linear Algebra||1|
|Differential Equations Requirement|
|MATH 241||Calculus, Part IV||1|
|or MATH 425||Partial Differential Equations|
|MATH 202||Proving Things: Analysis||1|
|or MATH 203||Proving things: Algebra|
& MATH 371
|or MATH 502|
& MATH 503
| Abstract Algebra|
and Abstract Algebra
& MATH 361
and Advanced Calculus
|or MATH 508|
& MATH 509
| Advanced Analysis|
and Advanced Analysis
|Mathematics Electives 2|
|Select 5 course units in Math||1-5|
|Select 2 course units in Cognate||2|
|Total Course Units||33|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Number of elective course units will vary based on the manner in which other requirements are fulfilled. Please consult your math major adviser when choosing math electives and cognates.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.