Undergraduate

Welcome to the home page for the Undergraduate Office of the Mathematics Department at the Pennsylvania State University. Our staff is here to serve you in any way that we can.

The undergraduate program in mathematics offers two separate degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mathematics. Within the B.S. program, there are six different options: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied and Industrial Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, General Mathematics, Graduate Study, and Systems Analysis. For more information on each of these, as well as a variety of other facts about our undergraduate program, please see our Math Major page

The links on the left side of the screen can be used to obtain additional information about our program.

Speaking With a Math Advisor:

Until future notice, in-person advising appointments will not occur due to COVID-19.  The advisors have set up Starfish advising times for general advising, which are open to all students (not just our assigned advisees). Students outside of Math can schedule an appointment with us by going to Starfish, selecting Services, and searching for "Science - Mathematics Advising (MTHBS, MTHBA)".

  • Students with general questions about the Mathematics program or courses should schedule with Dr. Steven Hair.

  • Students who are interested in a Mathematics major (either change of major or concurrent major) may schedule with either Dr. Hair or Dr. David Little.

  • Students who are interested in a Mathematics minor should schedule with Dr. Little.

  • Current Math majors should schedule with their assigned advisor.

If you have questions about making an appointment with a mathematics advisor, please email the Undergraduate Mathematics Office at undergrad@math.psu.edu.  Here is the link to Starfish.

Quick Question Appointments:

For the first week of classes, Math Department advisors will have Quick Question appointment slots in Starfish for matters that do not require a full 30-minute advising appointment. Math majors should schedule Quick Question appointments with their assigned advisor. Students who are not in the Math major or are not assigned a Math advisor may schedule with any advisor.

Acceptable topics for quick question appointments

  • Checking that your Fall 2020 semester schedule is appropriate

  • Checking that your Fall 2020 graduation requirements are met

  • Adding/Dropping a course

  • Questions about prerequisites

  • Registration questions

Unacceptable topics for quick question appointments

  • Change of major

  • Adding a major/minor

  • Jobs/Internships

  • Study Abroad

  • 4-year plans

  • Anything that will take longer than 15 minutes

Quick questions via email:

It may be more convenient for you to send quick questions via email rather than schedule an appointment. Math majors should email advising questions to their assigned advisor. Otherwise:

  • Questions about the Math major should go to Dr. Steven Hair (smh384@psu.edu).

  • Questions about the Math minor should go to Dr. David Little (dpl14@psu.edu).

  • Questions about Math course content should go to Dr. Cheryl Hile (cvh11@psu.edu).

  • Questions about grader and proctor positions or Credit by Exam should go to Katie Miller (kle16@psu.edu).

  • Other questions (for example, course prerequisites, transfer course evaluation, course equivalencies, independent study, tutoring and learning support) should go to undergrad@math.psu.edu.