Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematics

Undergraduate Studies

Math Office

This page describes some of the study opportunities in undergraduate mathematics. For more information on particular math courses refer to the syllabi. For information on major and minor programs of study select the appropriate tab above.

Getting started

A student who plans to take any course in mathematics should take the Mathematics Placement Examination (instructions). The placement exam tests the student's background in algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and some topics of calculus. The exam scores are reported to the student's academic advisor who helps with course selection.

  • Elementary Probability and Statistics
    • MAT 121-122 sequence is designed for students who need statistics to satisfy the quantitative skills requirement.
    • MAT 221-222 sequence covers similar material but requires more mathematical maturity of the students. It is appropriate for all students who will need to use statistics in the course of their major program work. (This is often true of students intending to major in the social sciences.)
  • Preparation for Calculus
    • MAT 112 is a review of basic arithmetic and algebra. It carries elective credit but does not satisfy any part of the liberal arts core.
    • MAT 194 is a pre-calculus course. Mastery of this material is crucial in calculus. MAT 194 can be used to satisfy part of the quantitative skills requirement.
    • MAT 193 is an intensive pre-calculus course in which the material of MAT 194 is combined with the review of algebra.
  • Calculus
    • MAT 295-296-397 is a sequence designed for students intending to major or minor in mathematics, physics, or other technical scientific areas that require complete fluency in calculus. If there is any possibility a student will major or minor in mathematics, that student must take the MAT 295-296-397 sequence in order to be eligible for required upper-level courses.
    • MAT 285-286 is a sequence for students intending to major in biology or a social science, or to pursue a B.A. degree in chemistry.
    • MAT 284 is a course designed to meet the needs of management students, who take it in a sequence with MAT 183 (in either order).
    • Caution: Movement between sequences is difficult and will lead to some duplication of material, so making the proper choice of calculus sequence at the outset is important. Only one of MAT 284 or 285 may be taken for credit. Students cannot receive credit for MAT 284 or 285 after successful completion of 295. Also, students cannot receive credit for MAT 295 after successful completion of MAT 286.

Mathematics in the Liberal Arts Core

Students who complete any calculus course numbered 284 or higher with a grade of C or better are exempt from the quantitative skills requirement. Otherwise, students may satisfy the quantitative skills requirement by passing two courses in an approved sequence, as described in the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook. Students who have been awarded six credits in calculus on the basis of an AP exam may use those credits to satisfy this requirement. All MAT courses with numbers above 230 satisfy the Natural Sciences and Mathematics divisional requirement.

Mathematics as a Major or Minor

Students who complete MAT 295-296-397 and MAT 331 with excellent grades are encouraged to consider mathematics as their major or minor. The flexibility of our undergraduate programs allows many students to pursue two majors, one of them being mathematics. Please refer to the nagivation bar on the top for further information.

Mathematics as a Second Major

Students may wish to declare, fulfill the requirements for, and graduate with two or more majors. To do so, they should indicate both majors and obtain the appropriate department signatures on the Official Program of Study Form. The second major may be added no later than the registration period for the last full semester of study.