# Overview

## Why study mathematics?

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

## Undergraduate Programs

### Placement

Students who have not completed a college-level mathematics course should consult the Placement Table for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics. For information about the Early and Continuous Enrollment in Math requirement, see the CLAS 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 advisor 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.

## Why study mathematics?

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

## Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to attend graduate school in the mathematical sciences should speak to an advisor 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.

## Graduate Programs

The department offers a graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible in algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology.

The Department of Mathematics has a long tradition of excellence. The first Ph.D. granted at KU was in mathematics in the year 1895. Since then, the graduate program has been a central part of the department’s research and teaching mission and an important component of its long-term planning. The department’s commitment to graduate education has boosted its recent growth in size and enhanced its reputation. Prospective students are encouraged to read additional information online.