Course Requirements: Pure Mathematics

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics

(consists of five lower-division and eight upper-division courses)


Mathematics 1A Calculus
Mathematics 1B Calculus
Mathematics 53 Multivariable Calculus
Mathematics 54 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
Mathematics 55 Discrete Mathematics

(We will accept Computer Science 70 in lieu of Mathematics 55 for students with a double major in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.)


Mathematics 104 Introduction to Analysis
Mathematics 110 Linear Algebra
Mathematics 113 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
Mathematics 185 Introduction to Complex Analysis


Choose one course from two of the following three areas:

Computing: Math 128A Numerical Analysis
Geometry: Math 130 Classical Geometries, Math 140 Metric Differential Geometry, Math 141 Elementary Differential Topology, Math 142 Elementary Algebraic Topology, or Math 143 Elementary Algebraic Geometry
Logic and Foundations: Math 125A Intro to Logic, Math 135 Intro to Theory of Sets, Math 136 Incompleteness and Undecidability


At least two additional upper-division (or graduate) mathematics courses must be taken, making a total of at least eight upper-division courses in the major. These two electives must receive the Faculty Adviser's written approval on the Course Approval Form which is then returned to an Undergraduate Adviser in 964 or 965 Evans for your student file. Courses in other departments may count toward this requirement provided they have substantial mathematical content and are offered for at least 3 units each.



Please also note the following...

Courses used to fulfill major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.  If a required major course is taken Pass/No Pass, it would need to be repeated for a letter grade.  If a major elective is taken Pass/No Pass, it would need to be repeated for a letter grade or a different (letter-graded) elective would need to take its place. 

UC Berkeley courses used towards major requirements must be at least 3 semester units each.   

A maximum of 4 non-Berkeley courses may be applied towards the 8 upper-division major requirements.  In order for a non-UC Berkeley course to be used for the major it must be at least 4 quarter or 3 semester units, be accepted for units by the UC Berkeley admissions office, and be accepted by your assigned faculty advisor for the major requirement.  (The faculty advisor's approval should be in writing and then submitted to 964 or 965 Evans for your student file.)  Moreover, your grade point average in those of the 8 upper-division major requirements which were taken at UC Berkeley must be 2.0 or higher by the time of graduation in order to use any non-Berkeley courses towards upper-division major requirements.  Questions?: Please contact one of the undergraduate advisors in 964 or 965 Evans. 


The requirements and procedures for declaring the major can be found on our Majoring in Mathematics page.