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Major / Minor Requirements

The Carthage Mathematics Department prepares students for graduate school, careers requiring problem-solving and analytic skills, and teaching mathematics at the elementary or high school level. Carthage offers a major and a minor in mathematics.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Majors and Minors Offered


Data Science

Mathematics Major

The mathematics major requires 48 credits, which must include:

  • MTH 1120 Calculus I (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1220 Calculus II (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1240 Discrete Structures (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2040 Linear Algebra (4 cr.)
    MTH 2090 Mathematical Computing (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3040 Abstract Algebra I (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3120 Real Analysis (4 cr.)
  • MTH 4300 Senior Research (4 cr.)
  • MTH 4990 Senior Thesis Completion (0 cr.)
  • CSC 2030 Data Science I (4 cr.)
  • Three Mathematics electives: Students must take three additional mathematics courses numbered above 2000 (MTH 4500 and MTH 4900 may only be counted toward major with approval of department chair). Both PHY 2200 General Physics I and PHY 3470 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers may be substituted for one mathematics elective.

Mathematics Minor

A minor consists of four mathematics courses beyond MTH 1220 and one computing course, which may be any one of CSC 2030 Data Science I, CSC 1810 Principles of Computer Science I, or CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing. PHY 2200 or PHY 3470 may be used as one of the mathematics courses. 

Additional Information:

The mathematics minor for secondary education should include:

  • MTH 1120 Calculus I (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1220 Calculus II (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2040 Linear Algebra (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2080 Modern Geometry (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3040 Abstract Algebra I (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3050 Theory of Statistics (4 cr.)


  • CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing (4 cr.)
    CSC 1810 Principles of Computer Science I (4 cr.)
    CSC 2030 Data Science I (4 cr.)

The elementary education major desiring licensure for teaching mathematics should include:

  • MTH 1030 Applied Contemporary Mathematics (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1040 Principles of Modern Mathematics (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1120 Calculus I (4 cr.)
  • MTH 1240 Discrete Structures (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2080 Modern Geometry (4 cr.)

Choose one:

  • CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing (4 cr.)
  • CSC 2030 Data Science I (4 cr.)

The mathematics major planning to attend graduate school should include:

  • MTH 2020 Differential Equations (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2120 Multivariate Calculus (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3220 Complex Variables (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3180 Introduction to Topology (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3140 Abstract Algebra II (4 cr.)

The mathematics major planning on secondary teaching should include:

  • MTH 2080 Modern Geometry (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3030 Probability (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3050 Statistics (4 cr.)

The mathematics major planning a career in actuarial science should include:

  • MTH 2120 Multivariate Calculus (4 cr.)
  • MTH 2130 Mathematics of Actuarial Science (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3030 Probability (4 cr.)
  • MTH 3050 Statistics (4 cr.)
  • Contact the chair of the Mathematics Department for additional information on preparing for the actuarial exams. Students planning to become actuaries may also take MGT 3210 Financial Management, ECN 1010 Principles of Microeconomics, and ECN 1020 Principles of Macroeconomics for VEE credit.

Data Science Minor

Data Science at Carthage is an interdisciplinary academic endeavor focused on understanding quantitative information. The minor in Data Science introduces students to contemporary techniques for analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing data, as well as applying these techniques to fields across the curriculum.

The data science minor is composed of six courses


CSC 2030 Data Science I (4 credits)
MTH 3090 Data Science II (4 credits)

Statistics Courses — Choose one:

MTH 1050 Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
MTH 3050 Statistics (4 credits)
BUS/ECN 2340 Business Statistics (4 credits) 
SWK 2330 Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services (4 credits)

Applied Data Science COURSEs — CHOOSE Three*:

BUS 2150 Business Geographics and Data Visualization (4 credits)
CSC 2810 Database Design and Management (4 credits)
ECN 3340 Econometrics (4 credits)
GEO 1610 Introduction to Geographic Information Science: Mapping Your World (4 credits)
GEO 2610 Advanced Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (4 credits)
GEO 2210 Internet Mapping and Web GIS (4 credits)
MGT 3100 Introduction to Business Analytics (4 credits)

*No more than two of the three electives may be from the student’s major department(s).

Placement Exam

A competency exam is available for students wishing to meet the college quantitative literacy requirement without taking a mathematics course. See the chair of the Mathematics Department for details.

Honors in the Major

Students wishing to earn honors in Mathematics must fulfill the following requirements:

  • The student must have a 3.5 GPA in mathematics courses numbered 1120 or above at graduation.
  • The student must present a mathematics talk at an off-campus venue. The talk and venue must be approved by the Mathematics Department Chair.
  • The student must pass a mathematics oral examination before a jury composed of members of the Mathematics Department. This examination will usually be administered during the student’s last semester on campus.

Please see department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the College Catalog.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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