Advising Resources for Math Students

 Requirements for each program:

Four-Year Plan for each program:

Departmental Forms

  • Independent Study Form: see the departmental office manager in GI322
  • Policy for requesting an arranged course required for the major.
  • Departmental Travel Funds application and policy

General Advice for Math Majors

  • Once you’ve taken MATH312 (Multivariable Calculus) and MATH327 (Foundations of Mathematics), you can take just about any elective course. So make a plan to complete these courses as early as possible.
  • Apply for REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the early Spring of your 2nd and 3rd years.
  • During your 3rd year, be thinking seriously about what you classes you liked best and begin to think about doing an independent research project. Talk to your advisor and favorite instructors for ideas and guidance. Make sure to start the project on or before the first week of your senior year. Don’t wait until your last semester!
  • For students considering graduate school:
    • Go on the graduate school visits (organized by the department each Fall) starting in your 2nd year.
    • In Spring of your 3rd year, talk to your advisor about whether the GRE-Math subject exam is appropriate for you and your plans.
    • Take the general GRE early Fall semester of senior year. 
    • Before Thanksgiving break: have a handful of schools identified, a draft of your personal statement written, and ask your favorite instructors for letters of recommendation.
    • Apply! Some graduate schools have deadlines as early as December 1; some as late as February.