Mathematics and Statistics

Honors Program in Mathematics

The honors program in Mathematics allows students to work with an advisor during their senior year and write a thesis about an appropriate mathematical topic. Theses may be expository, contain original theoretical work, contain data analysis, or any combination thereof.

Students interested in writing a thesis in mathematics must pass the honors qualifying exam during their junior year. This means interested students should take Math 350 or Math 355 early in their careers, to take an appropriate subject-specific portion of the qualifier. After passing the exam, students should consult with possible advisors during the spring semester of their junior year, and discuss possible topics. Honors candidates must also take Math 345 and either Math 450 or 455 (which all count as electives towards the major as well).

The final thesis document (an original presentation of the material) is presented to the department, evaluated by the faculty, and the student gives a one-hour presentation of (some of) the material, followed by faculty questions.

For more details, see the course handbook, or talk to a faculty member.

Recent theses and thesis regulations (including help with formatting) may be found on the sub-pages.