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Math Major

Core Requirements

57 units of Math courses are required, and must be taken for a letter grade. This unit number is reduced by the number of 200-level graduate Math courses.

Within the 57 units, the following must be met. AP Calculus credit can be counted toward the requirement.

At least 8 Math Courses above Math 63CM/63DM

  • If a student has 10 units of AP Calculus BC, and has completed either the Math 50 or Math 60CM/DM series, this leaves a remaining of 8 Math Department courses above Math 63CM/DM. 
  • Note: For students whose Math course experience at the 100-level or in Math 56 straddles the transition to 4 units from 3, the figure of 57 will be further reduced by the number of 100-level courses below the 190’s taken prior to Autumn 2022.
  • Math 56 may count towards the 8 courses.

Out of Department Courses that count as Math Department Courses

  • Certain courses outside of the department can count as Math Department courses. These include: 
    • Stats 116 (no longer offered)
    • Stats 118
    • Phil 151
    • Phil 152
  • No other courses outside the Math Department can count in this way. There are no exceptions to this for any reason. (Stats 117 is a pre-approved elective, see list below.)

Other Math Courses

  • Courses that CAN be counted toward the requirement include:
    • Math Q courses (IntroSems) 
    • Math 193X 
  • Courses that CANNOT be counted include: 
    • Math 193
    • Math 198 

Additional Requirements for the 57 Units

  • If a student is planning on using a cross-listed course towards the major or minor that is not the Math cross-listing, contact the Student Services Specialist with the course name. 
  • At least 32 units, reduced by the number of 200-level graduate Math courses, must be taken from Stanford.
  • Only Math 50/60CM/60DM series and first-year calculus can be double counted toward any other major or minor.

Electives

Four courses are required.

The Math Major requires four courses of electives. Specific requirements for the elective courses include:

  • Math Department courses numbered Math 101 and above can be used as electives.
  • Students can choose from any of the approved out-of-department courses toward their electives. A list is included below.
  • Math 199 may only be counted towards electives, not towards the core Math courses.
  • One of these courses may count as CR/NC. (Note: The letter grade policy does not apply for courses taken in Spring 2020 and the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19. Please see the official requirements.)
Pre-Approved Electives

The table of courses below are automatically approved to be applied towards the elective courses of math-related courses allowed for the major.

  • This list is not exclusive. The courses listed within the link at the red button above are what we commonly see majors take. If other courses are high enough in math content, they are likely to be approved.
  • Primarily only undergraduate courses are included here, but many graduate courses may also be used.
  • Please contact mathstudentservices [at] stanford.edu (mathstudentservices[at]stanford[dot]edu) well in advance of graduation (ideally by fall quarter of your senior year) if you have questions about the usability of courses not on this list. 

Department

Courses

Astronautics & Aeronautics:

100*, 218

*If taken in 2023-2024 or earlier.

Biology141, 165, 188
Bioengineering101
Chemistry:151, 153, 171, 173, 175
Classics:136
Computer Science:103, 109, 129, 148, 154, 157, 161, 166, 168, 205L, 221, 224N 228, 229, 229T/M, 230, 233, 234, 235, 250, 251, 254, 255, 256, 259Q, 261, 265, 267, 268, 269Q, 354, 355
Computational and Mathematical Sciences:108
Economics:50, 51, 52, 102A/B/C, 103, 111, 136, 137, 140, 160, 162, 167G 180, 181, 182, 202, 203, 204, 284
Electrical Engineering:263, 274, 276, 364A, 364B, 387
Engineering:14, 15, 60, 62
Earth Systems Science:246A
Management Science & Engineering:111, 112, 121, 135, 145, 211, 220, 226, 232H, 245A, 245B, 310
Music:

320, 423*, 424

*MUSIC 423: Limit of 3 units.

Philosophy:

150/250, 151*, 152*, 154/254, 159, 162**

*PHIL 151 & PHIL 152: May count towards either the 49 math units or 15 elective units requirement, but not both.

**PHIL 162: If you take PHIL 162 as of 08/01/2018, it can only count as a pre-approved elective. It is no longer cross-listed with Math 162.

Physics:

14N, 41*, 43*, 45, 61*, 70, 71 (formerly 63), 81 (formerly 65), 100, 104, 107, 108, 110, 112, 113, 120, 121, 130, 131, 134, 160, 161, 170, 171, 172, 210-269, 330. 

*The grading basis for these courses is Satisfactory/No Credit. At most one can count toward the elective requirement.

Physics AP credit does not count toward the elective requirement. 

Statistics:

110, 116*, 117, 118*, 141, 160, 191, 200, 203, 205, 206, 207, 213, 217, 218, 229, 231, 240, 270, 271, 305A, 315B, 318

*STATS 116 (no longer offered), STATS 118: Count as Math courses. May count towards either the 57 math units or elective requirement, but not both.

Petition for an out of department elective

A course that uses a lot of numbers or basic algebra doesn’t necessarily qualify as an elective for the Math major. There must be a certain level of Math that is used throughout the course (e.g., at least Math 21 or above) that demonstrated by course material such as exams, or a course website. For example, a Computer Science course that's primary focus is on coding, or a natural science course that is primarily focused on lab experiments does not qualify. See the table of pre-approved elective courses for a sense of this.

If you would like to petition for a class to count as an elective, please be prepared to provide either course material (such as exams or problem sets with solutions) or a course website which gives a clear indication about the level of Math used throughout the course. 

Submit a petition

Writing in the Major (WIM)

One course is required and must be taken for a letter grade.

WIM (Writing in the Major) is a University requirement for the major and must be taken for a letter grade. Students may choose one course:

  • Math 101
  • Math 109
  • Math 110
  • Math 120
  • Math 171

Grading Policy

Students may take 1 course CR/NC towards the elective requirements.

Note: The CR/NC policy from the 2020-21 academic year does not extend beyond Summer 2021. From Autumn 2021 onwards all courses towards the Math major must be taken for a letter grade.

Resources and Additional Information

Resources

  • Math Major Checklist
  • Please send questions to mathstudentservices [at] stanford.edu (mathstudentservices[at]stanford[dot]edu)

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