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Why study mathematics?

Because mathematics is a framework upon which humanity builds an understanding of the world.


Students who have not completed a college-level mathematics course should consult the Placement Table for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Students also may take the Mathematics Placement Test, given several times each year by the mathematics department during New Student Orientation and several other times during the year, to determine their proper initial placement in mathematics courses. Students with college credit in mathematics should enroll according to the credit shown on their transcripts and the stated prerequisites for the courses.

Courses for Nonmajors

Students interested in mathematics as part of a background in the liberal arts should enroll in MATH 115, MATH 121, MATH 105, or MATH 365, and other courses according to their interests. Students preparing to use mathematics as a tool in another field should look at the requirements and recommendations of their schools or departments.

MATH 002 is considered a developmental course by all KU schools and is not counted in the minimum number of hours required for graduation.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to attend graduate school in the mathematical sciences should speak to an adviser about the best preparation, depending on their goals. Students planning to enter a general mathematics graduate program are encouraged to take MATH 765, MATH 766, MATH 790, and MATH 791. Some graduate degrees require a reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian.

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