College of Science & Engineering

Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is the gateway to the Mathematics Department's honors program, Graduation with Distinction, and the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Degree program. It is given twice a year on the Monday before the beginning of Fall and Spring quarters.

The Next Scheduled time is:

March 30, 2020, 9 am


The exam may be taken by any undergraduate math major who has completed the courses listed below and who has a cumulative GPA in Mathematics of at least 3.6.

The exam consists of questions on the material of: Math 124, 125, 224, 225, 226, and 204. Note that Math 331 will no longer be covered.

The objective is to test conceptual understanding of the important ideas in these courses and the ability to express that understanding clearly. Questions will tend to be neither routine computations nor tricky "Putnam-style" questions.

The exam will consist of 10 questions, each worth 10 points, and will be graded on a pass-fail basis. A score of 70% will generally be sufficient for a passing grade. The exam may be retaken. Graphing calculators including the TI-89 or Nspire are permitted but texts or other materials are not.

Students wishing to take the exam should sign up in advance with Melissa Gaines in the Math Office, Bond Hall 202. Please plan on arriving at the exam 10 minutes early.