Educational Objectives

The aim of our mathematics degree programs is to provide students with a core knowledge of mathematics essential to the understanding of science and other disciplines. Students should gain substantial problem solving and critical reasoning skills and should develop an understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of mathematics. The knowledge gained through these programs should provide the necessary background in mathematics for those students planning to go on to graduate study in mathematics and related fields. This knowledge should also prepare those students who will be immediately entering careers in science, business, education or other fields which are increasingly making use of mathematics.


The requirements for a major in mathematics vary according to the objectives of the student. There are seven courses required of all mathematics majors.

An additional four courses are required, selected from one of the following track options:

  • Core Mathematics
  • Applied Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Secondary School Teaching
  • Mathematical Economics

Writing Requirement within the Discipline

In order to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in mathematics must obtain writing credit in exactly one of the following courses: MTH 433, MTH 461, MTH 502, MTH 504, MTH 520, MTH 533, MTH 561.


A student seeking a minor in mathematics must have credit for a calculus sequence: MTH 161-MTH 162 or MTH 171-MTH 172.

In addition, a minor in mathematics requires three courses from a list of approved courses for the minor. All three courses must be taken in the Department of Mathematics, University of Miami. A grade of C- or better is required for each of the three courses applied toward the minor and the quality point average for the three courses must be 2.5 or above.

Departmental Honors

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Mathematics:

The student must complete three sequences from a list of approved two-course sequences. The student must attain at least a B in each course used to fulfill this requirement. In addition, the student must attain at least a 3.5 average over all courses counted toward the mathematics major and an overall (university-wide) average of at least 3.3.

For requirements leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with a major in mathematics, see the Bulletin of the Graduate School.