Advising Resources

Advising is taken very seriously in DU's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and especially within the Department of Mathematics. The resources on this page will help current or prospective students navigate coursework and discover on-campus entities who can help guide students throughout their academic career.

This video will answer questions for current undergraduate math students. 


The DU catalog of math courses lists all named courses currently offered by the Department of Mathematics. Additional specialized courses are taught occasionally. Note that not every course in the catalog is offered every year. See links below for course offerings for a given quarter.

The chart of math courses correspond to the catalog and displays all courses and their prerequisites at one glance.

Math Advising Tool

Which first math course as an undergraduate student should you take? The main considerations are the intended program of study, the need to fulfill the requirement Analytical Inquiry: The Natural and Physical World (AI/Natural), and your level or preparedness.

We have developed a Math Advising Tool to help incoming students and their advisors determine the most appropriate first math class to take. 

The full assessment will take approximately 45 minutes. There is no pass or fail associated with this survey and it is not a placement exam. The results will simply help students to chart the right course.

Area-Specific Advising

  • Actuarial Science

    Students interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science should know that entry into this career usually requires passing one or more actuary exams. To prepare for the first actuarial exam, a student should take the following courses:

    • MATH 1951,2,3 Calculus 1, 2, & 3
    • MATH 2080 Calculus of Several Variables
    • MATH 3080 Introduction to Probability
    • MATH 3090 Mathematical Probability

    Other recommended courses include:

    • MATH 3350 Mathematics of Finance
    • Finance courses offered through Daniels College of Business
  • Engineering

    Students majoring in math with an interest in Engineering may consider a minor in mechanical engineering. Note that this is only recommended for students with University Physics I, II, and III in their curriculum.

    Learn more about mechanical and materials engineering at DU.

  • Graduate Studies in Mathematics

    Students with an interest in graduate studies in the mathematical sciences are recommended to take as many advanced courses in foundational mathematics as their schedule will allow. These include courses such as the following:

    • MATH 3050 Set Theory
    • MATH 3060 Mathematical Logic
    • MATH 3110 Introduction to Topology
    • MATH 3151 Linear Algebra I
    • MATH 3161 Introduction to Real Analysis I (Required for the major)
    • MATH 3166 Group Theory
    • MATH 3170 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (Required for the major)
    • MATH 3260 Metric Spaces
    • MATH 3851 Functions Complex Variable

    Advanced students may be allowed to take 4000-level courses with instructor permission.

  • Teaching

    For students interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level (7-12th grade), selecting certain courses within the mathematics major is necessary in order to acquire teaching licensure.

    The Morgridge College of Education offers a “4+1” dual degree program which awards students a bachelor’s degree in Math (in four years) and a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction with embedded Colorado state teaching licensure in secondary mathematics (at the end of the fifth year). Students seeking this dual degree apply in their junior year and then take 12 credit hours of specific coursework in Morgridge College of Education in their senior year while completing their bachelor’s degree. In the fifth year students complete additional graduate coursework and field experience through the Teacher Education Program. Completing the coursework for the program and a Math major requires careful academic planning. Students should speak to an Education advisor early on (in their first year or early in their second year) if they are interested.