Honors in Mathematics

The goals of departmental honors in Mathematics and Computer Science are:

  1. to encourage students to explore independently topics in mathematics or computer science outside the scope of our formal curriculum, and
  2. to enhance students’ abilities to communicate ideas in mathematics and computing.

Honors in Mathematics is awarded on the basis of the following criteria.

  1. Academic achievement. The candidate must demonstrate high academic achievement across the College (cumulative GPA of at least 3.2) and in Mathematics (GPA of at least 3.2 in the major).
  2. Intention to apply: The candidate must submit an intention to apply for honors (in writing), including the list of courses that satisfy the requirements for the major, to the chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department no later than the last day to add one-unit courses for the last on-campus term as a regular full-time student.
  3. Project: An honors student in Mathematics either engages in original research or exposits and demonstrates thorough knowledge of a piece of mathematics done by others. The project may be
    • A summer research experience
    • A Math 385: Mathematics Colloquium topic
  4. Presentation: An honors student in Mathematics must present their work in Math 385: Mathematics Colloquium (enrolled or not) and present to an external audience (on or off campus).
  5. Professional engagement: The candidate should demonstrate active engagement in the department or in the broader discipline of mathematics and serve as a role model for respectful and professional behavior.
  6. The award of Honors in Mathematics requires designation by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science that the candidate’s project and presentation is of honors merit (one that demonstrates independence of thought, intellectual maturity, and an in-depth understanding of the research problem).

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