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General Education Requirements

The Mathematics Department offers 17 courses that fulfill the Abstract Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement for General Education: MATH 130, 140, 180, 190, 280, 288, 300, 301, 310, 320, 350, 360, 420, 425, 430, 435 and 482; and seven that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning component of this requirement: MATH 120, 180, 280, 300, 320, 350 and 360. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Major

Students considering a major in Mathematics are encouraged to enroll in Calculus A or Discrete Math during the Fall Semester of their first year, and to discuss their plans with one of the Math faculty if they've taken calculus in high school.

Students majoring in Mathematics are required to complete:

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Mathematical Discovery
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 420 Abstract Algebra A
  • MATH 430 Analysis A
  • Either MATH 425 Abstract Algebra B OR
    MATH 435 Analysis B
  • MATH 486 Comprehensive Independent Study
  • MATH 488 Senior Capstone Experience
  • Either MATH 320 Differential Equations OR
    MATH 350 Multivariate Calculus
  • One other Mathematics course numbered 300 or above

Students intending to go on in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take MATH 320, MATH 350, both MATH 425 and 435, and at least one course in Computer Science.

The Minor

  • MATH 180 Calculus A*
  • MATH 190 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 280 Calculus B*
  • MATH 288 Introduction to Proofs
  • Two other courses (totaling 6+ credits), at least one of which must be at 300+ level. These courses should be chosen from this list:
    • Any 200-level or above MATH course
    • MATH 140 Diversity of the World’s Mathematics
    • MATH/CS/PHIL 130 Symbolic Logic
    • CS 380 Theory of Computation

* Satisfied by credit or placement

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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