Every mathematics major needs to take the comprehensive examination in mathematics, and any student wishing to write a senior honors thesis in mathematics needs to take the honors qualifying examination in mathematics in their junior year.
Any statistics major who wishes to pursue honors and write a thesis in statistics must pass the honors qualifying exam in statistics during their junior year and then submit a thesis proposal. These students should reference the mathematics core exam for the first part of their examination and the probability subject examination page for the second part.
The sub-pages of this page contain the information you need to understand the exam in mathematics and prepare for taking it:
- The departmental policy for the comprehensive and honors qualifying examination in mathematics
- The syllabi for the courses covered on the examination
- Study guides to help you prepare
- Advice for how to study for the exam
- Old comprehensive examinations
- Solutions to old comprehensive examinations
Questions about the Mathematics Comprehensive Exam can be emailed to MathComps@amherst.edu.