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Math major at Wes?

waterdragoon47waterdragoon47 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited May 2008 in Wesleyan University
after deciding to go to wes (which was my first choice)
ive been researching the math department to get more info about it
but couldnt find much besides the typical "strong, dedicated, outstanding"
i really want to hear inputs from wes students about it
so any help?
Post edited by waterdragoon47 on

Replies to: Math major at Wes?

  • madjoymadjoy Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    I'm a math major! woooo. I love the department immensely - and it's a pretty close-knit community. Great profs, great grad students, great students.

    It's very strong for algebra and other pure math disciplines... a little weaker on the analysis and applied math end of things.

    Take a class with Wai Kiu Chan or with David Pollack; you won't regret it. (Well, and also, as a freshman you should take Linear Algebra - not Vectors & Matrices - for sure to make sure you want to be a math major; it's a good introduction to what abstract math is like and if you'll like it.)
  • waterdragoon47waterdragoon47 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    o wow thats great to hear that
    at least i can rest easy knowing great things await me
    also i would like to know about AP math scores
    ( i really dont want to sound like i am full of myself)
    but i am about 95% confident that i can score 5's on my two math tests
    Calculus BC and Statistics
    does that give me any credits in the math department? or just electives?
  • madjoymadjoy Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    Well, that means you can place out of calculus and straight into Multivariable Calculus. Also, you can get up to two general credits toward graduation from courses taken before Wesleyan - that includes AP scores (some have requirements - i.e. to get an AP language credit, I think you need to take a more advanced language course, and then you get the two credits, for example).

    Here are the math major requirements - notice that you can skip the year of differential and integral calculus if you've already taken it. And you might be able to place out of one of those other four electives with the Stats class if you want; you'd have to wait and talk to your major advisor to find out.


    Mathematics major requirements:

    * A year of differential and integral calculus (typically MATH121 and MATH122)
    * Vectors and Matrices (MATH221) or Linear Algebra (MATH223)
    * Multivariable Calculus (MATH222)
    * An elementary knowledge of mathematical algorithms and computer programming, as demonstrated by COMP112 or COMP211.
    * Abstract Algebra (MATH261) and Fundamentals of Analysis (MATH225)
    * A coherent selection of at least four additional courses in advanced mathematics, chosen in consultation with an advisor from the department.
  • waterdragoon47waterdragoon47 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    hey thank you so much for posting up the requirements
    and for answering the questions
    i think i have a better idea now
    again thanks
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