Students majoring in mathematics/computer science usually begin with a three-semester calculus sequence: Calculus I, II, and III.

Students seeking placement beyond Calculus I should consult with a member of the faculty. Placement is determined by interviews and transcripts. Precalculus is offered for those lacking the necessary background for Calculus I.

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, students majoring in mathematics/computer science must complete each of the following requirements. A grade of C- or higher* is required in these courses, excluding the senior project:

  1. MAT 1500, 1510, and 3150/Calculus I, II, and III
  2. MAT 1520 and 1540/Computer Science I and II
  3. MAT 3170/Linear Algebra
  4. Five upper-level electives (20 credits) in mathematics/computer science. One of the five electives may be fulfilled by a tutorial, independent study, learning assistantship, or internship with the approval of the faculty advisor.
  5. Two science courses (minimum 6–8 credits)
  6. MAT 3880/Junior Seminar in Mathematics/Computer Science
  7. MAT 4880/Mathematics Senior Seminar I
  8. MAT 4890/Mathematics Senior Seminar II
  9. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I
  10. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II

*Note: In some MAT courses, a minimum grade of C is required in the prerequisite course(s). For example, the prerequisite for MAT 1510 is a minimum grade of C in MAT 1500. This grade minimum is stated in the prerequisite when applicable.


Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog

Effective Fall 2017:

  • MAT 3380 added to the requirements for the major (1-credit increase).

Effective Fall 2016:

  • A learning assistantship or internship added to the options that satisfy one of the five electives. Approval of the faculty advisor now required for any of those options (tutorial, independent study, learning assistantship, or internship).