Types of Advising
Major & Prospective Major Advising
Advising appointments for students declared in or considering the mathematics major are made via Starfish. You may meet with any advisor, regardless of who MyUW shows as your advisor.
Students with complicated questions or issues are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Dr. Mitch Keller or Prof. Benedek Valko if at all possible.
We also have a page for international students with advising-related visa questions (return from leave of absence, program extension, and reduced course load).
Information is available for Mathematics majors interested in study abroad and internship abroad opportunities.
Honors in the Major Advising
Students looking for Honors in the Major advising are welcome to make an appointment with Dr. Mitch Keller via Starfish, or may email Prof Andrew Zimmer to set up an appointment.
Before your meeting, be sure to prepare a basic plan of how you would like to fulfill the requirements for the honors program. You do not need to have a complete plan laid out, but a basic outline will be a good place to start.
300-level Course Selection Drop-in
What: Drop-in quick advising chats on choosing linear algebra, differential equations, probability, and intro to proof courses
When: Fridays from 11am to noon. (Feb 2–May 3, except Spring Break)
Where: Math Learning Center (Van Vleck room B224 and then to the on the MLC upper level, Table 1)
Who: Dr Mitch Keller, math teaching faculty and advisor or Morgan Adams, Math Certificate and AMEP advisor
Description: Do you need some help choosing which differential equations, linear algebra, probability, or prerequisite for advanced math course is best for you? Come by for a quick chat! These chats are primarily designed for students in MATH 234, but students in MATH 222 looking to take a math class instead of or in addition to MATH 234 next semester are also welcome to attend.
Students interested in declaring the math certificate or who have questions about it can book an appointment with a math certificate advisor through Starfish. If you are undecided between the math major and the math certificate, please book an appointment with a major advisor, as they can also help with certificate advising. However, our certificate advisors do not advise math majors.
Placement and Non-Major Advising
This advising is primarily meant for non-math majors (and students that are not interested in the math major) and math certificate students. Questions that are most appropriate for discussing with this person—the placement/undergraduate advisor—are those regarding math course placement, placement testing and retakes, transfer credit questions, enrollment, and course prerequisites. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with such questions, and we will arrange a meeting if your question cannot be resolved by email.
There are a number of career services offered at UW-Madison tailored specifically to provide career advising and support to undergraduate students. Some career centers are specific to a particular school, college, or department, while others are for broader populations or specified to particular fields. For example, a math major in the College of Letters & Science may consider connecting with SuccessWorks for some career advising and resources, while a math major in the College of Engineering may instead consider Engineering Career Services.
Students interested in career opportunities are also encouraged to use Handshake.
We Use Math and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) both provide some examples of careers that students can pursue with a math major.
Before Contacting an Advisor
It is a good idea to run your DARS report before your meeting. For help using DARS, see this helpful page from the Office of the Registrar. If you are nearing graduation and have questions about if you are on track, please review our graduation information page before contacting an advisor.
For AMEP advising, consult the AMEP advising page.