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Mathematics Major, B.A.

The field of mathematics offers a variety of excellent career opportunities. The department offers both a major and a minor in mathematics; mathematics majors may also earn secondary teaching certification. Mathematics courses at Hood are taught with an emphasis on student participation, active learning, collaboration and the use of technology. Students at Hood work closely with faculty members. Classes are small, and students can explore topics that interest them. The senior seminar, in the history of mathematics, is student-organized and student-run. The department has a computer laboratory dedicated to mathematics classes, with computational and graphics software to support the mathematics curriculum.

Classrooms, labs, seminar rooms and informal spaces in the Hodson Science and Technology Center provide attractive and useful facilities for student-faculty interaction. Math students are among the most active and involved on campus. They are leaders in student government and in residential and commuter student groups. Members of the math club organize field trips to the Smithsonian, the Maryland Science Center and to the National Cryptologic Museum. Math students participate in the annual national competition in mathematical modeling, attend conferences and give presentations, are members of professional organizations, complete exciting internships in Washington D.C., and Baltimore and enter graduate school or the work force with valuable skills.

Requirements for the Major

A student may declare a major in mathematics only after completing MATH 202 Calculus II or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

The following courses comprise the mathematics major:
  • CS 284 Computer Science I
  • MATH 112 Applied Statistics
  • MATH 201-203 Calculus I, II, III
  • MATH 207 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 304 Differential Equations or MATH 351 Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 320 Modeling and Simulation or MATH 456 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 333 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
  • MATH 339 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 440 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 453 Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MATH 470 Seminar: The History of Mathematics

The mathematics major can be combined with other disciplines (such as biology, chemistry, economics or management) in a double-major program; this option is particularly useful for those interested in the use of quantitative methods in the other discipline. The mathematics major also can complement study in another discipline that is less directly related to it; the broader a student’s background, the more choices and opportunities are available.

Secondary Education Certification

Mathematics majors may wish to obtain certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students who complete the secondary education program receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation, along with reciprocity for teaching in certain other states.

Students must complete the requirements for the mathematics major plus the following mathematics courses:
  • MATH 320 Modeling and Simulation
  • MATH 304 Differential Equations
  • MATH 335 Teaching Assistantship in Mathematics, 3 credits, at least one of which must be associated with a 100- or 200-level course in the Department of Mathematics
  • MATH 336 Introduction to Modern Geometry

In addition, students must meet the requirements specified under Education, Secondary Education Certification.