Advising for Mathematics Majors
If you are a mathematics major or are thinking of becoming a mathematics major and you haven't visited with an advisor from the Department of Mathematics, then you should do so as soon as possible! You can schedule an appointment with advisor by contacting
Dayna will assign you to an advisor (who will be a mathematics faculty member and knows the program very well) and schedule a meeting time between you and your advisor.
Why it is important to meet with an advisor ASAP:
- You will graduate quicker. The advisor knows which courses you need to take and in what order to take them. There are pitfalls which students who are unadvised often fall into which delay their graduation.
- The advisor can evaluate the student's readiness for the major and help the student get into the correct prerequisite courses.
- For students thinking of mathematics as a major, the advisor can help the student decide if the major is right for them.
- The advisor knows where you can get scholarship money!
- The advisor knows lots of information regarding careers in mathematics.
- The advisor helps you select an appropriate minor.
What to expect in the typical advising process:
- The student declares mathematics has his or her major (or is thinking about it).
- The student meets with an advisor as soon as he or she can.
- The advisor informs the student about what classes he or she needs to take, gives the student information about careers in mathematics, and answers any other related questions the student may have.
- When the student is taking MATH 3425 -- Foundations of Mathematics and it appears that he or she will be successful and is still interested in majoring in mathematics, the advisor creates the official degree plan (more on this below).
- The student should check in from semester to semester to make sure he is enrolling in the appropriate courses. This helps the student graduate in a timely fashion.
- The advisor is there for you! Go to your advisor when you need help!
About degree plans . . .
The official degree plan is a document which is completed by the advisor which shows all of the courses the student has taken up to that point and all of the courses remaining to be taken. This document is checked and approved by the general academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics. Finally, it is submitted to the student for approval. Once everyone has approved, the document is kept on file until the semester of graduation. When the student applies for graduation, the degree plan is pulled out and the academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences checks that the student has completed all coursework specified on the degree plan. If the student has successfully fulfilled the degree plan, then he or she graduates!