The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the exceptional student an opportunity to earn a degree with honors in any of the six emphases. Any mathematical sciences student may become a candidate for an honors degree in mathematical sciences at the end of the sophomore year provided the student has a 3.00 or higher overall GPA and has a 3.50 or higher GPA in all mathematical sciences courses completed, including MATH 232 and MATH 240.
A student with these qualifications who wishes to become an honors degree candidate should go to the office of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (or, in the case of students in the emphasis in probability and statistics or in the emphasis in actuarial science, to the office of the Division of Statistics) to fill out a candidacy form and be assigned an honors adviser. After the end of the sophomore year, a student showing exceptional talent may also become an honors degree candidate by obtaining consent.
Most 300-level and 400-level mathematical sciences courses may be taken as honors courses.
Maintain a 3.00 or higher overall GPA.
Maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA for mathematical sciences courses numbered 300 and above.
Take at least four mathematical sciences honors courses numbered 300 or higher, which must include a two-course sequence of 400-level honors courses appropriate for the student’s emphasis and approved by the honors degree adviser. The honors sequences from which a sequence appropriate for the student’s emphasis may be chosen are MATH 420H-MATH 421H, MATH 420H-MATH 423H, MATH 430H-MATH 431H, MATH 434H-MATH 435H, STAT 470H-STAT 472H, STAT 470H-STAT 481H, STAT 481H-STAT 483H.
In one of the 400-level honors courses, prepare and submit an independent study paper on a suitable topic. The paper must be approved by the instructor of the course and by the honors degree adviser.