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Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics (MAT)

Steve Bean, Ann Cannon (chair), Tony deLaubenfels, Jim Freeman, and Tyler Skorczewski

Major: 10.25 -12.25 courses. Completion of the calculus sequence (through MAT 122); a
minimum of seven courses in Mathematics or Statistics numbered 202 or higher, at least four of
which must be at the 300 level or above, and which include MAT 221, 236, , either 327 or 337,
and 485(capstone); study in depth by completing one of the following (MAT 327-328, 337-338,
357-358,or STA 347-348); CSC 151, 140; STA 201 or 202 (if STA 348 is not one of the 300-level
courses completed); MAT 701; and MAT 502. The department recommends that CSC 140, which
provides knowledge of a programming language, be acquired by the end of the sophomore year.
The following courses cannot be used to satisfy requirements of the mathematics major: MAT

110, 105, 280/380, 290/390, 511 and STA 280/380 and 290/390.

Capstone: The capstone experience for a Major in Mathematics and Statistics emphasizes
experiential learning. MAT 502 and MAT 485 comprise an individual creative project

completed in a cooperative learning environment.

Culture Points: MAT 701 emphasizes co-curricular involvement with mathematics and
statistics by requiring students to acquire 30 mathematical/statistics culture points over the
course of their career at Cornell. Points can be accumulated before declaring a major. Details on
culture points can be found in the Degree Requirements section of the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics website.

Teaching Certification: Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach
math should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education department

section for application and certification information (pages 109-111).

Minor: Two minors are available, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics. Students who earn a
Mathematics major are not eligible for either minor and students may only be awarded one of
the two minors.

Applied Mathematics Minor: Minimum of five credits. Completion of the calculus sequence
(through MAT 122); a minimum of four MAT or STA credits which include MAT 221, 236, at
least two other MAT or STA course credits from the following (MAT 234, MAT 357, MAT 358,
MAT 485, STA 347 plus topics courses designated as eligible for the Applied Mathematics
Minor), and a short reflective essay detailing how the applied math minor has complemented

other Cornell courses (MAT 702).

Mathematics Minor: Minimum of five credits. Completion of the calculus sequence (through
MAT 122); a minimum of four MAT courses which include MAT 221, MAT 327 or MAT 337, and
at least two other MAT courses from the following (MAT 231, MAT 234, MAT 327, MAT 328,
MAT 337, MAT 338, MAT 485, plus topics courses designated as eligible for the Mathematics

Minor).

105. First Year Seminar in Mathematics
This first year seminar is designed for students who would like to experience the creativity and
beauty of significant mathematical ideas through the process of mathematical discovery. While
the ideas investigated will not require significant previous mathematical experience (three years

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