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Major in Mathematics with Theoretical Mathematics Concentration

The Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences offers  a major in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Theoretical Mathematics.  The goals of this program are to provide students with direct links to course work at the graduate level.  The program concentrates on abstract concepts in mathematics.


For advising, schedule an appointment with a Theoretical Mathematics Advisor.

Advisors can also assist with formally declaring your Mathematics major.


  1. Download the Declaration of Major Fillable form and open with Adobe Reader.
  2. You must sign the document electronically. You may need to create an electronic signature within Adobe Reader first.
  3. Return the form to Paul Encinias at for processing.

You should declare your major/concentration at least by the time you have finished the basic core requirements (15 credit hours) and you absolutely must do this by the time you have completed 60 credit hours toward the degree.

  • Complete the core mathematics courses and courses needed to satisfy the General Studies requirements as quickly as possible.
  • Declare the major/concentration by the time you complete the Basic Mathematics Core.
  • Plan your sequence of courses with prerequisites in mind. Note that MTH 3100 is a prerequisite for most upper-division courses.
  • Note that very few upper-division mathematics courses are offered in the summer semester.
  • Note that 2 or 3 credit hour linear algebra courses taken at most other colleges are not equivalent to MTH 3140. They may not be accepted and/or additional coursework may be required.
  • Take no more than two upper-division mathematics courses in the same semester. To do otherwise may jeopardize your grades and content understanding.

The Advising Plan for the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department calls for students to be advised before being allowed in certain "critical path" courses for the major/minor.  To enter these courses, students are required to have the signature of a department faculty advisor stating that the student is qualified to be in the course, both through background and understanding of the course purpose.  In addition, the faculty advisor will use the advising session to also discuss how the course fits into the students’ long-term goal of completing a major and/or minor in Mathematical or Computer Sciences.


The "critical path" courses are:

MTH 3100 – Introduction to Mathematical Proofs and MTH 3170 – Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Course Description Be sure you are in the current catalog.


General Studies Requirements for all degrees.  Be sure that you are in the declared catalog for your degree program.


Class Schedules and Academic Calendar



  • In order for courses from another institution to satisfy a requirement for the major, the content must be equivalent to the MSU Denver course.
  • You must meet all the requirements for the program based on all courses taken both at other institutions and at MSU Denver.
  • You must complete at least eight hours of upper-division courses in your major and three hours of upper-division courses in your minor at MSU Denver.
  • You must complete either a minimum of 30 semester hours of academic credit applicable to the degree at MSU Denver including the last 12 semester hours 


   complete a minimum of 45 semester hours applicable to the degree at MSU Denver.


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