At Cornell, we are proud of our very flexible major. We have 8 different math major “tracks” or “concentrations”, as well as a (relatively new) minor. In 2017, we will graduate over 80 Math Majors of the roughly 1,000 Cornell Arts&Sciences students who are eligible to major in Mathematics. Many of our majors are double majors, most commonly with Physics or Economics.
To be admitted to the major, a student must have performed well in Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and a basic computer programming course. A major consists of 9 additional courses. For the minor, the pre-requisites are Multivariable Calculus and Linear algebra, and the minor consists of 4 additional courses including one algebra and one analysis.
There is no one course that is required for any major, but all math majors must take 2 algebra courses (from a list of 10 possible courses) and 2 analysis courses (from a list of 12 possible courses). The remaining 5 courses can vary widely. For some of the flavors of major, we count courses in other disciplines that have a significant mathematical component. The tracks are:
- Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Mathematical Biology
- Mathematical Physics
- Operations Research
In particular, our Applied Mathematics concentration is new. The process to create that was complicated, involving approval by the State (though that may have been unnecessary, but it was how our Department was advised by the College).
We have careful descriptions of what is allowed/required in each track here:
The Math Minor is described here:
I’m happy to answer any questions!