Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I (or the equivalent)
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 2185Linear Algebra I for Math Majors
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2971Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
One course (3 credits) from the following:
CSCI 1011Introduction to Programming with Java
CSCI 1041Introduction to FORTRAN Programming
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development
CSCI 1121Introduction to C Programming
CSCI 1131Introduction to Programming with C
For students in the pure mathematics concentration, an alternative course may substituted for the CSCI course with the approval of the department.

Completion of one of the following three concentrations:

Pure mathematics concentration

Required
MATH 2185Linear Algebra I for Math Majors
or MATH 2184
MATH 3125
Linear Algebra I
and Linear Algebra II
MATH 4121Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
MATH 4239Real Analysis I
MATH 4240Real Analysis II
MATH 4122Introduction to Abstract Algebra II
or MATH 3125 Linear Algebra II
Five additional mathematics (MATH) courses (15 credits) numbered 3000 or above. For students who complete the bachelor of science requirements for a major in astronomy and astrophysics, biology, biophysics, chemistry, economics, physics, statistics, finance, or any major in SEAS, this requirement is reduced to three additional MATH courses (9 credits) numbered 3000 or above.

Applied mathematics concentration  

Required
MATH 2185Linear Algebra I for Math Majors
or MATH 2184
MATH 3125
Linear Algebra I
and Linear Algebra II
MATH 3342Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 3343Partial Differential Equations
MATH 3553Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MATH 3359Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
MATH 4239Real Analysis I
Four additional mathematics (MATH) courses (12 credits) numbered 3000 or above. For students who complete the bachelor of science requirements for a major in astronomy and astrophysics, biology, biophysics, chemistry, economics, physics, statistics, finance, or any major in SEAS, this requirement is reduced to two additional MATH courses (6 credits) numbered 3000 or above.

Interdisciplinary mathematics concentration 

Required
MATH 2185Linear Algebra I for Math Majors
or MATH 2184
MATH 3125
Linear Algebra I
and Linear Algebra II
MATH 3342Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 3553Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MATH 3359Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Six additional mathematics (MATH) courses (18 credits) numbered 3000 or above. For students who complete the bachelor of science requirements for a major in astronomy and astrophysics, biology, biophysics, chemistry, economics, physics, statistics, finance, or any major in SEAS, this requirement is reduced to four additional mathematics MATH courses (12 credits) numbered 3000 or above.
Students also must complete a second minor or major in which mathematics is applied. This includes the major fields of astronomy and astrophysics, biology, biophysics, chemistry, economics, physics, statistics, finance, or any major in SEAS.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

To graduate with Special Honors, a student must meet the general requirements stated under University Regulations; maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in courses in the major; complete 3 credits of MATH 4995 Reading and Research in addition to the other required courses in the major; and present an oral defense of a senior thesis prepared for MATH 4995 Reading and Research.