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Program Details

The program has three main parts:

  1. the Pre-core,
  2. the Junior and Senior core, and
  3. a student-chosen concentration in an area of application.

Students are also encouraged, but not required, to do an internship or an REU in the summer after they complete the junior core.

The details of these three parts are given below.


The pre-core is the same as the first half of our traditional math major, covering basic mathematical and computer programming prerequisites up through first-semester undergraduate real analysis. This must be completed before starting the junior core.

The pre-core courses are the following.

  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • Introduction to Computer Science in Python
  • Introduction to Proof
  • Linear Algebra (including a computational component in Python)
  • Multi-variable Calculus
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Real Analysis 1

Junior Core

After finishing the pre-core, students are ready to enter the junior cohort. This is a lockstep cohort that begins each Fall semester, and students take all their junior and senior core courses together, so they are in class together two hours each day, five days a week. They also usually study together in a common study room and have a shared group chat on Slack.

The Junior Core consists of two year-long courses with accompanying computer lab courses.

Senior Core

After completing the Junior core students take the Senior Core. These courses are also two year-long courses in a lockstep cohort with accompanying labs:


The concentration is a coherent sequence of four to five courses in an application area of their choice, usually from another department. Because the students have a strong mathematical background, these concentration courses are usually more advanced than a typical minor. Some of the most popular choices include computer science, data science and machine learning, economics, business, biology, and physics. Students can also propose a customized concentration. For more details, see the Student Concentrations page.