College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Honors in Math
Honors in the Major
Students majoring in mathematics have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Students must maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33, as required by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; additionally, students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a of at least 3.40 in the major, a g.p.a. set by the Department of Mathematics. Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the mathematics major. However, honors in mathematics can be applied toward UI Honors Program requirements. It is recommended that students who earn honors in mathematics pursue the B.S. degree.
To graduate with honors in the major, students also must complete one of the options below.
Option 1: complete four of the courses below, including a twocourse sequence; and at least one 5000 level course, with a B average for the four courses.
Course List 

Code 
Title 
Hours 
MATH:3900 
Introduction to Mathematics Research 
3 
MATH:4090 
A Rigorous Introduction to Abstract Algebra 
4 
MATH:4210 
Foundations of Analysis 
4 
MATH:4610 
Continuous Mathematical Models 
3 
MATH:4750 
Introduction to Mathematical Biology 
3 
MATH:4820 
Optimization Techniques 
3 
MATH:5000 & MATH:5010 
Abstract Algebra III 
8 
MATH:5200 & MATH:5210 
Introduction to Analysis III 
8 
MATH:5400 & MATH:5410 
General Topology  Introduction to Smooth Manifolds 
8 
MATH:5600 & MATH:5700 
Nonlinear Dynamics with Numerical Methods  Partial Differential Equations with Numerical Methods 
8 
MATH:5750 & MATH:5760 
Mathematical Biology III 
8 
MATH:5800 & MATH:5810 
Numerical Analysis: Nonlinear Equations and Approximation Theory  Numerical Analysis: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 
8 
Mathematics courses (prefix MATH) numbered 6000 or above, to be approved by the mathematics honors advisor in advance 



A twocourse sequence is a choice of two courses from one of following groups:
 MATH 409050005010
 MATH 421052005210
 MATH 421054005410
 MATH 461056005700
 MATH 475056005700
 MATH 475057505760
 MATH 482058005810
Option 2: complete an honors project comparable to taking several of the courses above, approved by the mathematics honors advisor and the thesis supervisor. Students who choose this option typically register for MATH:3996 Individual Study and Honors in Mathematics for 3 s.h. or more. They must find a faculty member willing to supervise their project; contact the department for help finding a project supervisor. Contact the Department of Mathematics honors advisor for more information.
University of Iowa Honors Program
In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program. Honors in mathematics is awarded by the Department of Mathematics and is separate from the University of Iowa Honors Program.
Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the mathematics major. However, honors in mathematics can be applied toward UI Honors Program requirements.