Mathematics Major

Students completing a Mathematics degree must complete two different set of requirements, general education (GE) and major requirements.

General Education (GE) Requirements


Every student at Ohio State will take General Education courses. Although these GE courses are meant to provide a broad baseline of learning, often times the courses supplement the student’s major or program. Students majoring in math should review  GE Requirements for Math Majors.

Mathematics Major Requirements


The Department of Mathematics offers two different degrees, six major tracks, and the possibility of double majors and/or dual degrees. Here students can find the details about the different tracks, majors, the possibilities of double majors and dual degrees.

Theoretical Mathematics TrackMath Theoretical Track

The theoretical track is intended for students seeking a strong foundation in classical mathematics, in particular for students intending to pursue graduate study in mathematics. Students planning to pursue a PhD. in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take the honors version of the math courses whenever possible.

Advanced Mathematics TrackMath Honors Track

The Department of Mathematics offers a strong four-year sequence of honors courses as well as enrichment courses and problem solving seminars. These courses are accelerated, more concept-oriented versions of the regular sequences designed to challenge the well-prepared, highly motivated student, not necessarily a math major.

Applied Mathematics TrackMath Applied Track

This applied math option is intended for students seeking a strong foundation in mathematics and its application to industrial and physical sciences with options in physics or chemistry. Students will be well prepared for a career or graduate-level study in engineering, computer science, physics, architecture and more.

Biological Mathematics Track

Math Biology Track

"Mathematics is applicable to many different aspects of biology, and new applications are continually being found." This major is designed to prepare a student for research-based careers and graduate studies in biological and medical fields such as (but not limited to) genomics, neuroscience, and molecular modeling.

Education Mathematics TrackMath Education Track

The Education Track is designed for students seeking secondary education licensure in mathematics. By learning the foundational logic within a wide scope of math topics from calculus to abstract algebra, this track helps to generate strong educators with exemplary content knowledge as well as the ability to analyze, decipher, and explain math in diverse ways.

Financial Mathematics TrackMath Financial Track

The Financial Math Track is designed for students seeking a career in quantitative finance or a related field. Students planning to pursue graduate studies in financial mathematics are strongly encouraged to take the honors versions of the mathematics courses, whenever possible.

Double Majors and Dual Degrees

The Department of Mathematics has developed a double major that combines the mathematics and actuarial science majors. Students will receive the foundations in actuarial science while strengthening their skills in classical mathematics. Students will have a strong background to enter the actuarial science field or attend graduate school.

Students also have the opportunity to complete a math major and any other major at OSU to earn a double major or a dual degree.

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