Undergrad Requirements

A major in mathematics or in mathematical statistics can be achieved by satisfying the requirements listed for either the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science. Lower division students are urged to consult a member of the departmental faculty before enrolling in courses other than those satisfying Division V requirements.

The bachelor of arts in mathematics requires MTH 112, 113, 117, 121, 321, one of 214,311 or 317, and at least four additional 3-hour courses numbered higher than 109 (excluding 205, 306, and 381), at least two of which must be numbered above 300.

The bachelor of arts in mathematical statistics requires MTH 112, 113, 117, 121, 256, 357, 358, 367, one of 214, 311, 317, 321, 324, 326, 334, or 355, and two additional 3-hour courses numbered 200 or above (excluding 205, 306, and 381) of which at least one must be numbered above 300.

The bachelor of science in mathematics requires MTH 112, 113, 117, 121, 311, 321, 391, and 392 with at least six additional 3-hour courses numbered higher than 109 (excluding 205, 306, and 381), at least three of which must be numbered above 300.

The bachelor of science in mathematical statistics requires MTH 112, 113, 117, 121, 256, 311, 357, 358, 367, 391, 392; with at least three additional 3-hour courses numbered 200 or above (excluding 205, 306, and 381) of which at least one must be numbered above 300. Additionally, the research and paper prepared for 391 and 392 must be on a topic related to statistics.

The bachelor of science in interdisciplinary mathematics requires MTH 112, 113, 117, 121, 311 or 321, 391 and 392, as well as seven additional 3 to 4-hour classroom courses (not individual studies). These seven courses must be in math or the focused collateral area and must consist of at least three math courses above 116 with at least one being at the 300 level or above; also, the seven courses must consist of at least three focused collateral courses at the 200 level or above. These collateral courses require approval by an advisory committee, and they cannot be double counted for any other major at the University. Finally, the 391/392 senior project should have some ties to the collateral area.

A minor in mathematics requires MTH 112, either 113 or 121, and four other courses of at least 3 hours each numbered higher than MTH 105, two of which must be numbered above 200. Credit is allowed for either MTH 107 or 109, but not both.

A minor in statistics requires

  1. MTH 256;
  2. MTH 357 or 362 or 367;
  3. One additional course taken from MTH 257, 269, 353, 357, 358, 362, 364, 367, 369, or other approved course;
  4. Three additional courses chosen from MTH 109, 112, 113, 117, 121, 257, 269, 353, 357, 358, 362, 364, 367, 369; ANT 380; BIO 380; BEM 201, 202, 324; COM 220, ECN 209, 215; FIN 203; HES 262, 360; POL 280, PSY 310, 311, 312; SOC 271.

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in courses which comprise a major or minor in the department is required for graduation with any major or minor which the department offers. Students may major in the department and minor in statistics but no electives may be counted for both. Students may not major in the department and minor in mathematics or double-major within the department.

The department regularly schedules activities in mathematics for students that enhance the course offerings. Examples are participation in the annual Putnam examination and the COMAP contest in mathematical modeling; meetings of the mathematics club; seminars and courses which build upon the regularly scheduled course offerings; and student research with faculty.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematical Economics. The Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics offer a joint major leading to a bachelor of science degree in mathematical economics. This interdisciplinary program offers the student an opportunity to apply mathematical methods to the development of economic theory, models, and quantitative analysis. The major has the following course requirements: MTH 112, 113, 121, 254, 255; ECN 150, 205, 207, 210, 211, 215, 218; and three additional (3h) courses chosen with the approval of the program advisers. Students selecting the joint major must receive permission from both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematical Business. The Department of Mathematics and the School of Business offer a joint major leading to a bachelor of science degree in mathematical business. This interdisciplinary program, consisting of no more than 48 hours, prepares students for careers in business with a strong background in mathematics. The major has the following course requirements: MTH 205 or both 113 and 206, or both 113 and 121; 253, 256, and 353; ACC 221; BEM 211, 221, 241, 251, 261, 388, 392; FIN 231 and a minimum of two additional (3h) courses chosen from among mathematics and business, not both courses chosen from business, with the mathematics courses being chosen from 3-hour courses at the 300 level or higher, excluding 381. The following courses are prerequisites for admission into this major: MTH 112, ACC 111, and ECN 150. CSC 111, 112, and MTH 251 are strongly recommended electives. Students electing this joint major must receive permission from both the Department of Mathematics and the School of Business. To graduate from Wake Forest University with a major in mathematical business, the student must satisfy the requirements for graduation of both the Department of Mathematics and the School of Business. Refer to the description in this bulletin for the admission, continuation, and graduation requirements of the School of Business.

Honors in Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, and Mathematical Business. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Mathematics,” “Honors in Mathematical Statistics,” or “Honors in Mathematical Business,” students must satisfactorily complete a senior research paper, and they must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major and 3.0 in all college coursework. For additional information, members of the departmental faculty should be consulted.

Honors in Mathematical Economics. Students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.3 in courses in the mathematical economics major and who complete the research course ECN 298 or MTH 391 and 392 with a minimum grade of B- will be considered by the faculty for the graduation distinction, “Honors in Mathematical Economics.”

Students who are enrolled at Wake Forest may not take courses in mathematics at other institutions to satisfy divisional requirements.