Study Abroad for Mathematics Majors

Further Advice

For further advise, contact Professor Michael Orrison (orrison@hmc.edu).

Sample Plan for Math Majors Studying Abroad in Fall of Junior Year

Fall Spring
First year   Math 11, Math 12  Math 13, Math 14
 Math 55 Discrete Mathematics
Sophomore   Math 61, Math 62  Math 63, Math 64
 Math 171 Abstract Algebra  Math 131 Mathematical Analysis
Junior   Abroad!  Math 151 Probability
 Math Elective  Computational Math course*
 Math Elective  Math Elective
 Math Elective  Math Forum+
Senior   Math 193 Clinic  Math 193 Clinic
 or  or 
 Math 197 Senior Thesis  Math 197 Senior Thesis
 Math 180 Applied Analysis
 Math Forum+

* The computational mathematics course can be any one of:

  • Math 164 Scientific Computing (usually ordered in spring)
  • Math 165 Numerical Analysis (usually fall)
  • Math 167 Theory of Computation (usually fall)
  • Math 168 Algorithms (both semesters)

+ You must take two semesters of Math Forum, including at least one semester of Math 198 (one credit). The other semester can be either Math 198 or Math 199 (colloquium option, zero credit).

For this Fall study abroad option, we recommend taking Math 55 (Discrete Mathematics) in the spring of your first year, so you can take Math 171 (Abstract Algebra) in the fall of your sophomore year. Math 180 (Applied Analysis) and one semester of Math Forum Math 198 or 199) are delayed till the fall of your senior year.

Different paths are possible, for instance, if you take Math 55 in the fall of sophomore year. Consult your advisor.

Important: Consult your advisor, well before you leave, about the mathematics courses you will take abroad. In some cases, the department will accept courses taken abroad in place of HMC courses required for the math major; these must be approved in advance by the department.

Sample Plan for Math Majors Studying Abroad in the Spring of Junior Year

Fall Spring
First year   Math 11, Math 12  Math 13, Math 14
 Math 55 Discrete Mathematics
Sophomore   Math 61, Math 62  Math 63, Math 64
 Math 171 Abstract Algebra  Math 131 Mathematical Analysis
 Math 151 Probability
Junior   Math 180 Applied Analysis  Abroad!
 Computational Math course*  Math Elective
 Math Elective  Math Elective
 Math Forum+  Math Elective
Senior   Math 193 Clinic  Math 193 Clinic
 or  or
 Math 197 Senior Thesis  Math 197 Senior Thesis
 Math Forum+

* The computational mathematics course can be any one of:

  • Math 164 Scientific Computing (usually ordered in spring)
  • Math 165 Numerical Analysis (usually fall)
  • Math 167 Theory of Computation (usually fall)
  • Math 168 Algorithms (both semesters)

+ You must take two semesters of Math Forum, including at least one semester of Math 198 (one credit). The other semester can be either Math 198 or Math 199 (colloquium option, zero credit).

For this spring study abroad option, we recommend taking Math 55 (Discrete Mathematics) in the Spring of First year. Math 151 (Probability) is taken earlier than usual, in the Spring of sophomore year. Here, the only delay in the HMC math major is that one semester of Math Forum (Math 198 or 199) is postponed till the fall of senior year.

Different paths are possible, for instance, if you take Math 55 in the fall of sophomore year. Consult your advisor.

Important: Consult your advisor, well before you leave, about the mathematics courses you will take abroad. In some cases, the department will accept courses taken abroad in place of HMC courses required for the math major; these must be approved in advance by the department.