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Cornell University    
  Dec 15, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018



Course Numbering System:

The first digit of the course number indicates the level of the course: roughly, 1 and 2 indicate underclass courses; 3 and 4, upperclass courses; 5, professional-level and mathematics education courses; 6 and 7, graduate courses. Within the MATH subject area, the second digit often indicates the subject matter: 0, general; 1 and 2, analysis; 3 and 4, algebra and combinatorics; 5 and 6, topology and geometry; 7, probability and statistics; 8, logic; 9, other.

Courses with Overlapping Content:

Because the department offers many courses with overlapping content, students must choose their courses carefully to ensure that they will receive credit for each course  they take. Forbidden overlaps are noted in the course descriptions.

Courses with overlapping content are not necessarily equivalent courses. Students are encouraged to consult a mathematics faculty member when choosing among them.

Undergraduate Course Offerings:

Please visit for further information and up-to-the-minute corrections. For guidance in selecting an appropriate course, please consult First Steps in Math.

Professional-Level and Mathematics Education Courses:

Graduate Courses:

The core courses in the mathematics graduate program are MATH 6110 MATH 6120  (anlaysis), MATH 6310 MATH 6320  (algebra), and MATH 6510 MATH 6520  (topology).

During each pre-enrollment period a schedule of graduate courses to be offered the following semester is posted at under “Courses.” This website includes course descriptions that are often more detailed than those  included here, as well as a means for interested students to participate in the process of scheduling meeting times.