You can read more information about the L&S Honors Program at UW-Madison in general. Note that there are special funding opportunities available for L&S Honors students as well.

## Honors in the Major in Mathematics Information

Please refer to the Guide for the detailed requirements for Honors in the Major in Mathematics. (As with all L&S majors, the requirements for Honors in the major are the same for the B.A. and B.S. degree.) Here are some things to keep in mind beyond what is in the Guide:

- Honors in the major is only available with the standard math major. You cannot pursue a named option and honors in the major.
- To declare honors in the major, you must declare your math major and meet with one of the math honors advisors. The math honors advisors can help you declare your major if you are not already declared for the math major before meeting to discuss honors.
- After meeting with a math honors advisor, you will need to fill out an online honors in the major declaration form.
- All 500- and 600-level courses
**taught**by the math department are offered as honors optional whenever they are taught. Please note that COMP SCI/MATH 513 (Numerical Linear Algebra) and I SY E/COMP SCI/MATH/STAT 525 (Linear Optimization) are taught by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, respectively. Whether or not these courses are offered as honors optional is up to the department teaching them. If you are able to take these courses for honors, they will count toward the honors coursework for Honors in the Major in Mathematics, but we cannot guarantee they will be offered for honors. - To be adequately prepared for the capstone experience discussed below, at least one of the two sequences 521-522, 541-542 must be completed before the start of your final academic year.

## Math Major Information

## Undergraduate Program

## Honors Capstone Experience

The College of Letters & Science Honors in the Major general requirements require that students complete a two-semester (three credits each semester) capstone experience. The first option is a Senior Honors Thesis. For Honors in the Major in Mathematics, we have an alternative offering that is described below.

**MATH 681-682 Senior Honors Thesis**

These courses, which must be taken in separate semesters, although summer term may be used for one of them, are used for work on the honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prereq: senior standing and enrollment in the math honors program.

If you are interested in participating actively in research activities and writing an honors thesis, it is important to plan ahead. You need to have a faculty thesis advisor selected before your last academic year. (For a traditional four-year plan, this would be before the end of your third year.) Engaging with undergraduate research during your second or third year through the Madison Experimental Mathematics Lab (MXM) is one way to connect with faculty and build a connection that could lead to an honors thesis, but it is not the only option. You may meet with an honors advisor to discuss your options.

### Alternate Capstone Experience

In lieu of an honors thesis, students may elect to complete a sequence of graduate mathematics courses for their capstone experience. As with all coursework for Honors in the Major in Mathematics, these courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher. Some sequences that students have used in the past include MATH 703-704, 714-715, 721-722, 721-725, and 741-742. This sequence of courses must be approved by an honors advisor and each time you wish to enroll in a graduate course, you will need to complete an online form to request permission to enroll. The link to the form is available from the honors advisors. Note that the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies reviews requests from undergraduates who wish to enroll in graduate courses and enforces departmentally-established prerequisites. As soon as you know which graduate sequence you might wish to complete, you should speak with an honors advisor to develop a plan to complete required undergraduate prerequisites before you would enroll in the graduate sequence.

### Grants, Awards, etc.

Check out the list of scholarships available to undergraduate math majors. The L&S Honors Program also has funding opportunities for honors students.