As a mathematics major Wheaton College, your curriculum will include core and elective courses as well as the option to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (MAT).
Course organization and flowchart
We've created a flowchart which shows the progression of math courses and their prerequisites. You can download the flowchart to view in a browser or to printout for future reference.
Requirements for the Math and Applied Math majors
The following table is a comparison of the requirements for the Math Major and the Applied Math Major. You can download the table as a PDF if you prefer.
Math Major 

Common Courses  MATH 232 Calculus II MATH 245 Linear Algebra MATH 331 Vector Calculus MATH 301 Intro to Math Major 
4 4 2 2 

Pure Math Courses  MATH 341 Modern Algebra I MATH 351 Real Analysis I 
4 4 

Applied Courses  MATH 333 Differential Equations MATH 364 Math Modeling MATH 385 Applied Topics* MATH 463 Prob & Stat II CSCI 345 Data Structures 
(Choose one) 4 

Electives  MATH 243 Discrete Math MATH 352 Complex Analysis MATH 362 Geometry MATH 363 Prob & Stat I MATH 441 Modern Algebra II MATH 451 Real Analysis II MATH 485 Advanced Topics* MATH 493 Mentoring Seminar* Or any other applied course 
(Choose two) 8 

CS Course  CSCI 235 Programming I CSCI 243 Discrete Math CSCI 245 Programming II 
(Choose one) 4 

Supporting Course  PHYS 231 Physics CSCI 243 Discrete Math 
(Choose one) 4 

Capstone  MATH 4941 Senior Capstone  4  
Total  44  


Common Courses  MATH 232 Calculus II MATH 245 Linear Algebra MATH 331 Vector Calculus MATH 301 Intro to Math Major 
4 4 2 2 

Pure Math Courses  MATH 341 Modern Algebra I MATH 351 Real Analysis I 
(Choose one) 4 

Applied Courses  MATH 333 Differential Equations MATH 363 Prob & Stat I MATH 463 Prob & Stat II 
4 4 4 

MATH 364 Math Modeling MATH 385 Applied Topics 
(Choose one) 4 

Electives  MATH 385 Applied Topics* MATH 485 Advanced Topics* MATH 493 Mentoring Seminar* 
(Choose one) 2 or 4 

CS Course  CSCI 235 Programming I  4  
Supporting Course  PHYS 231 Physics CHEM 231 Chemistry GEOL 221 Physical Geology ENVR 241 Quantitative Methods BIOL 241 Genetics and Cell Bio BEC 376 Game Theory 
(Choose one) 4 

Project/Capstone  MATH 302 Applied Project MATH 4942 Senior Capstone 
2 2 

Total  46 or 48 
Note: Courses indicated with * are Topics courses. Topics vary and are announced one or two semesters ahead of time. These course may be repeated multiple times with different topics.
Math & Education double majors and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching)
Students doublemajoring in math and education or students enrolled in the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program must comply with the course requirements of those programs, in addition to the requirements of the math major listed above. Please consult the Department of Education for these requirements.
Course descriptions
Math 232  Calculus II
The major begins with Calculus II with topics such as infinite series, polar coordinates, threedimensional geometry and vector algebra, functions of two and three variables, partial differentiation and multiple integration.
Math 245  Linear Algebra
Linear algebra is central to both pure and applied mathematics. It studies the algebraic properties of linear equations in multiple variables. Applications are found in nearly every branch of science, especially in engineering, physics, the natural sciences computer science and the social sciences (particularly in economics). Combined with calculus, linear algebra facilitates the solution of linear systems of differential equations. This course studies the structure of vector spaces, operations with vectors and matrices, linear transformations, and the concepts of eigenvalues, eigenvectors and orthogonality.
Math 301  Intro to Upper Level Math
This course serves an an introduction to the math major and must be taken before Math 341 and 351 (the upperlevel theory courses). Topics discussed include the current status and latest advances in various areas of pure and applied mathematics, and the place and role of mathematicians in the broader scientific, professional, academic, and research communities. The course aims at helping students develop mathematics as a vocation at Wheaton College and beyond, exploring pathways leading to career or academic opportunities after graduation. Students learn skills that are valuable in all upperlevel math courses, such as reading and learning from primary literature, writing scientific reports and research papers with mathematical formalism and syntax, writing in LaTeX, preparing and delivering oral presentations using slides and posters.
Math 331  Vector Calculus
Vector Calculus introduces the integration of scalar and vector fields and explores the various links between differential operators and multivariable integrals and the four fundamental integral theorems of vector calculus: the Gradient Theorem, Green’s Theorem, Stokes’s Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. Vector calculus plays an important role in differential geometry, topology, and in the study of partial differential equations, which are used extensively in physics and engineering.
Math 341  Modern Algebra I
An introduction to the theory of groups, rings, and fields. Topics in group theory include Lagrange’s theorem, quotient groups, applications to geometry, public key cryptography, and finitely generated abelian groups. Topics in ring theory include ideals, quotient rings, and polynomial rings. Topics in field theory include field extensions, Euclidean construction problems, cubic and quartic equations.
Math 351  Real Analysis I
Topics include derivation of the properties of continuity, differentiability, integrability, and convergence by use of the limit concept and basic axioms of the real number field.
Math 494  Senior Capstone: History and Foundations of Mathematics
The capstone course for the major, Math 494 is taken in the senior year.
Applied Math Courses
Please see the full listing of Applied Math Courses for applied math course descriptions.
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