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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Mathematics

Courses & Advising

Courses & Advising

Area-Specific Advising

Students who graduate with a degree in mathematics can apply their degree to a wide variety of areas. Below we list some of the more common areas our students have entered into and offer advising for students interested in those fields.

Scroll to: Actuarial Science, Engineering, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, Teaching.  

Actuarial Science

Students interested in pursuing a career in Actuarial Science should know that entry into this career usually requires passing one or more Actuary Exams. To prepare for the first actuarial exam, a student should take the following courses:

  • MATH 1951,2,3 Calculus 1, 2, & 3
  • MATH 2080 Calculus of Several Variables
  • MATH 3080 Introduction to Probability
  • MATH 3090 Mathematical Probability

Other recommended courses include:

  • MATH 3350 Mathematics of Finance
  • Finance courses offered through Daniels College of Business


Students majoring in Math with an interest in Engineering may consider a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Note that this is only recommended for students with University Physics I, II, and III in their curriculum.


Graduate Studies in Mathematics

Students with an interest in graduate studies in the mathematical sciences are recommended to take as many advanced courses in foundational mathematical areas as their schedule will allow. These include courses such as the following:

  • MATH 3050 Set Theory
  • MATH 3060 Mathematical Logic
  • MATH 3120 Introduction to Topology
  • MATH 3151 Linear Algebra I
  • MATH 3161 Introduction to Real Analysis I (Required for the major)
  • MATH 3166 Group Theory
  • MATH 3170 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (Required for the major)
  • MATH 3260 Metric Spaces
  • MATH 3851 Functions Complex Variable I

Very advanced students may be allowed to take 4000-level courses with instructor permission.



For students interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level (7-12th grade), selecting certain courses within the mathematics major is necessary in order to acquire teaching licensure. Allegra Reiber can provide assistance in planning the appropriate mathematics courses to take.

The Morgridge College of Education offers a “4+1” dual degree program which awards students a bachelor’s degree in Math (in four years) and a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction with embedded Colorado state teaching licensure in secondary mathematics (at the end of the fifth year). Students seeking this dual degree apply in their junior year and then take 12 credit hours of specific coursework in Morgridge College of Education in their senior year while completing their bachelor’s degree. In the fifth year students complete additional graduate coursework and field experience through the Teacher Education Program. Completing the coursework for the program and a Math major requires careful academic planning. Students should speak to an Education advisor early on (in their first year or early in their second year) if they are interested.