Students wishing to keep open the option of a major in mathematics typically begin with the study of calculus in their first year and normally complete the calculus sequence, MATH 222 (Foundations of Analysis) and either MATH 118 or MATH 106 by the end of the sophomore year.
A major is usually declared no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Those considering a mathematics major should consult with a member of the mathematics department in order to plan their course of study.
The requirements for the major are minimal. Anyone who is planning a career in the mathematical sciences, or who intends to read for honors, is encouraged to consult with one or more members of the department concerning further studies that would be appropriate. Similarly, any student who wishes to propose a variation of the major program is encouraged to discuss the plan with a member of the department prior to submitting a written proposal for a decision by the department.
Students who are interested in teaching mathematics at the high-school level should take MATH 230 (Geometry) and MATH 335 (Abstract Algebra I), since these courses are required for certification in most states, including Ohio.