Honors-in-Major

For qualified students who are interested in gaining an enriched academic experience in mathematics or statistics, the department offers, in conjunction with the University Honors Program, an Honors-in-Major opportunity. The program combines honors coursework with an honors thesis and leads to graduation with a special designation on the diploma of “Honors-in-Major”.  

For further details see Professor David Feldman (at 862-2692 or david.feldman@unh.edu) who is the departmental coordinator of the program.

 

Requirements for Honors-in-Major in Mathematics

1.  Honors GPA.  Students are required to maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.20 overall, a grade-point average of at least 3.50 in major coursework and an unblemished record of academic integrity.

2.  Honors Coursework.  Generally, a student must add Honors Designation to three approved, 700-level MATH courses that will be used to satisfy major requirements.  University requirements stipulate a grade of at least B- in courses used for honors credit.

Additional departmental requirements for specific majors are given below.  Students may suggest alternative programs to the Honors Committee for approval.

  • Mathematics Majors in the B.A. degree program
    • Must take one of the following:
      • Topology (MATH 784)
      • Complex Analysis (MATH 788)
  • Majors in the B.S. in Mathematics Education degree: Elementary or Middle/Junior High Option
    • Must take Abstract Algebra (MATH 761) and Linear Algebra (MATH 762)
  • Majors in the B.S. in Mathematics Education degree: Secondary Option
    • Must take Linear Algebra (MATH 762) and Real Analysis (MATH 767)
  • Majors in the B.S. degree in Statistics
    • Must take one of the following courses:
      • Introduction to Numerical Methods I (MATH 753)
      • One-Dimensional Real Analysis (MATH 767)
  • Majors in the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics: Economics Option
    • Must take Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications (MATH 755)
  • Majors in the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics: Electrical Science or Physics Options
    • Must take one of the following: 
      • Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (MATH 747)
      • Introduction to Numerical Methods II (MATH 754)  
  • Majors in the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics: Computation, Dynamics and Control, Fluid Dynamics, and Solid Dynamics and Vibrations Options
    • Requirements for these options are currently being discussed. Please contact the department office for more information.

3.  Honors Thesis.  Students must successfully complete an honors thesis, MATH 799. The thesis project will be planned in consultation with a faculty adviser and approved by the department Honors Committee. The project will consist of independent work, an oral presentation, and a written thesis. Students are encouraged to submit their thesis proposal to the departmental Honors Committee for approval by the end of their junior year. The proposal must be approved no later than the drop/add deadline in the first semester of their senior year.