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 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 Electives20
Major Requirements
Calculus Requirement
Select one of the following Options:2-3
Option 1:
Calculus, Part I
Calculus, Part II
Calculus, Part III
Option 2:
Honors Calculus
Honors Calculus, Part II
Complex Analysis Requirement
MATH 4100Complex Analysis1
Advanced Linear Algebra Requirement
MATH 3140Advanced Linear Algebra1
Differential Equations Requirement
MATH 2410Calculus, Part IV1
or MATH 4250 Partial Differential Equations
Seminar Requirement
MATH 2020Proving Things: Analysis1
or MATH 2030 Proving things: Algebra
Algebra Requirement
MATH 3700
MATH 3710
and Algebra
or MATH 5020
MATH 5030
Abstract Algebra
and Abstract Algebra
Analysis Requirement
MATH 3600
MATH 3610
Advanced Calculus
and Advanced Calculus
or MATH 5080
MATH 5090
Advanced Analysis
and Advanced Analysis
Mathematics Electives 2
Select 5 course units in Math1-5
Select 2 course units in Cognate2
Total Course Units33

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 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.