Theoretical Mathematics


The Theoretical Mathematics Major is offers broad training in mathematics to provide a foundation for understanding and utilizing mathematical concepts, techniques, and skills in a wide range of settings. In addition to studying several semesters of calculus and at least two semesters of linear algebra, students in this major take proof-focused courses such as Communicating in Mathematics, Modern Algebra, and Real Analysis. With many options for electives, students can pursue their own mathematical interests while encountering a variety of important classical courses that form the pillars of theoretical mathematics. Students also gain experience with skills needed for research in mathematics, including abstract reasoning, creativity, and pursuing open-ended questions. One option for the capstone of the Theoretical Mathematics Major is MTH 496 - Senior Thesis, a course where students conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member and produce  professional-quality oral and written presentations on this research. You can visit the Undergraduate Research page to learn more about research opportunities with faculty. Many students who pursue this major are interested in going on to study mathematics at the graduate level.

Research at GVSU

Recent Student Presentations Spotlight

Recent Student Presentations

In recent summers, dozens of GVSU math majors have traveled to national and local meetings to present their work. Click here to learn more!

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Degree Planning for Theoretical Mathematics

Program Requirements

The official catalog description of the Theoretical Mathematics Major.

Degree Checklist

This checklist helps you keep track of fulfilled requirements and the courses you've taken.

Curriculum Guides

These guides display the order/semesters you should take courses to complete your degree in 4 years, depending on your first math course.

Course offering plan

This plan highlights which semester(s) and times we intend to offer math courses. Please check with your advisor regularly about your plan of study.

Page last modified March 3, 2023