Programs

Math and Statistics

Math majors do everything and anything. Each year some students enter graduate programs in the mathematical sciences or in allied fields (engineering, business, economics, physics, operations research). Some go on to medical school, law school, and other professional schools. Others begin careers in schools, banks, and other financial institutions, software companies, insurance companies, and research laboratories. 

Statistics is used in most of the professions, in most sectors of the economy, and in a great many academic areas. Each year some students enter graduate programs in statistics, or in allied fields (business, economics, education, or psychology). Many students enter the job market and later pursue advanced degrees. For more details please see the Mathematics and Statistics section of the Course Bulletin.

The Mathematics Major

The major in mathematics requires a minimum of 32 credits, of which 20 must be at the 300 level. Courses include calculus, linear algebra, mathematical experimentation, real analysis, abstract algebra, and electives. Detailed information on required credits and courses for the major and the minor can be found in the Mathematics chapter of the course catalog.

The Statistics Major

The major in statistics requires a minimum of 36 credits, of which 20 must be at the 300 level. Courses are chosen in consultation with one of the statistics advisors and may include calculus, linear algebra, data analysis, applied regression methods, linear statistical models, probability, and mathematical statistics.

Detailed information on required credits and courses for the statistics major can be found in the Statistics chapter of the course catalog.

The Mathematics Minor

The minors in mathematics and statistics consist of 16 credits at the 200 level or higher. For more information, see the Mathematics and Statistics chapters of the course catalog.

The Statistics Minor

The minors in mathematics and statistics consist of 16 credits at the 200 level or higher. For more information, see the Mathematics and Statistics chapters of the course catalog.

Mathematics/Economics Special Major

The special major in mathematics and economics requires at least ten courses above the 100-level and must include at least five 300-level courses divided between the two departments.  The Mathematics/Statistics and Economics departments have agreed that approval is automatic for special majors including the courses below.  Variations may be discussed with faculty advisers from each department.

Economics

Two required courses:

  • 211 Macro theory
  • 212 Micro theory

Advanced courses - at least two 300-level courses, including at least one of:

  • 307 Seminar in Industrial Organization
  • 320 Econometrics

Mathematics

Three Required courses : 

  • 203 Multivariable Calculus
  • 211 Linear Algebra
  • 251 Laboratory in Mathematical Experimentation, or 232 Discrete Mathematics

Advanced courses - at least two courses chosen from: 

  • 301 Real Analysis
  • 333 Differential Equations
  • 339 Mathematical Finance
  • 342 Probability
  • 343 Mathematical Statistics

Statistics/Economics Special Major

The special major in statistics and economics requires at least ten courses above the 100-level and must include at least five 300-level courses divided between the two departments. The Mathematics/Statistics and Economics departments have agreed that approval is automatic for special majors including the courses below. Variations may be discussed with faculty advisors from each department.

Reminder: The special major must consist of at least five (5) 300-level courses within the two departments.

Economics 

Three Required Courses:

  • 211 Macro Theory
  • 212 Micro Theory
  • 320 Econometrics

Electives - at least one other 300-level course.

Statistics

Two Required Courses:

  • 203 Multivariable Calculus
  • 211 Linear Algebra

Electives - at least two courses chosen from:

  • 240 Elementary Data Analysis and Experimental Design
  • 340 Applied Regression Methods
  • 342 Probability
  • 343 Mathematical Statistics
  • 344 Seminar in Statistics and Scientific Research

Engineering Dual-Degree Program

Mount Holyoke students can earn a degree in engineering in different ways, either by earning a master's or PhD degree in engineering after graduation from Mount Holyoke or by earning a second bachelor's degree, through what is called a Dual-Degree Engineering program.

Teacher Licensure in Mathematics

Students interested in teaching mathematics can combine a mathematics major with a minor in education. See the department of psychology and education's Teacher Licensure Program for more information.

Fifth Year MS in Statistics

A Five College student can earn a Masters degree in statistics in a fifth year. See the MS degree program at UMass for more information.