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Mathematics Minor


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Mathematics Overview
In keeping with liberalarts traditions, Clark’s mathematics major provides a solid education in mathematical principles for students who wish to apply mathematics in other fields and students who wish to pursue mathematics in graduate school. Clark mathematics majors have gone on to graduate school in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and computer science at such universities as Brown, Cornell, NYU (Courant Institute), and Stonybrook. Graduates are employed in the public and private sectors as statisticians, mathematical modellers and actuaries, as well as mathematics teachers at all levels.
For more information, please visit the Mathematics Department’s website.
Mathematics Placement Test
All students who intend to enroll in an introductory mathematics course (with the exception of students with advancedplacement credit in calculus) must take the mathematics placement test given during preregistration. Based on placement test scores, students are placed into Precalculus, Calculus, or Honors Calculus. Students may challenge their placement by taking a backup placement test once.
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Calculus
Calculus is an essential tool for every serious student of mathematics, natural sciences, computer science and economics. The Department of Mathematics recommends that students with quantitative skills take Calculus in their first year.
Two Calculus tracks are open to students with appropriate scores on the Mathematics Placement Test: the regular track MATH 120 MATH 121 , and the Honors track MATH 124 MATH 125 . Both tracks start in the Fall, but sometimes a Spring MATH 120  Calculus I course is offered. Students who do not place into Calculus, but place into Precalculus (MATH 119 ), can start with MATH 119 to prepare for Calculus and continue with MATH 120 the following year, or in the Spring, if Math 120 is offered.
Regular Calculus, MATH 120 MATH 121 , is geared toward students interested in the natural and social sciences who do not plan to take any mathematics courses at a higher level.
Honors Calculus (MATH 124 MATH 125 ) is the more theoretical track and prepares students for intermediate and upper level mathematics classes. It is therefore recommended that students with a strong mathematics background, who intend to take higherlevel mathematics classes in the future, start with MATH 124 MATH 125. We encourage students to take the honors calculus sequence to develop deep mathematical thinking skills and rigorous proofwriting techniques.
Students with a sufficiently high score on the AP (AB) Calculus test receive credit for MATH 120. This credit fulfills the prerequisite for MATH 121, but not for MATH 125. It is recommended that those students start with MATH 124 and continue into MATH 125 if they are interested in taking higherlevel mathematics classes in the future.
Students with a sufficiently high score on the AP (AB/BC) Calculus test receive credit for MATH 121 and may continue with MATH 130  Linear Algebra . In exceptional circumstances, firstyear students without credit for MATH 121 may enroll in MATH 130  Linear Algebra with permission of the instructor.
Minor Requirements
Entering students interested in mathematics or computer science, but enrolled in a firstyear intensive course in one of the programs outside mathematics, computer science or the natural sciences are especially encouraged to make a prompt choice of a second advisor from the mathematics or computer science faculty.
The mathematics minor, built around a core of fundamental courses, is best started early with the Honors Calculus sequence MATH 124 –MATH 125 in the first year.
A total of 4 courses beyond two semesters of Honors Calculus are needed to complete the mathematics minor: 2 core courses (MATH 130 , MATH 131 ) and 2 elective courses. At least 1 elective course must be on the 200level.
Note that MATH 110 /111 (Diving into Research) cannot be used to substitute a requirement for the major or minor.
Students who later decide to become mathematics minors, can substitute the Honors Calculus sequence (MATH 124 –MATH 125 ) with the regular Calculus sequence (MATH 120 –MATH 121 ), but are required to take MATH 114 (preferably together with MATH 121 ) as one of their elective courses.
Directed study (reading) courses on special topics may be arranged with the permission of a member of the departmental faculty who will serve as a supervisor. Departmental policy requires that reading courses may not be substituted for 200level courses to fulfill departmental minor requirements except under special approval of the department chair or associate chair.
Students who earn the AFM minor cannot earn a Mathematics minor.
Mathematics Faculty
Program
Amir Babak Aazami, Ph.D.
Aghil Alaee, Ph.D.
Nishanth Gudapati, Ph.D.
Ali Maalaoui, Ph.D. cochair
Gideon Maschler, Ph.D. cochair
Robert Ream, Ph.D.
Elahe Khalini Samani, Ph.D.
Michael Satz, M.S.
Emeriti
David Joyce, Ph.D.
John Kennison, Ph.D.
Lawrence Morris, Ph.D
Lee Rudolph, Ph.D.
Natalia Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mathematics Courses
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