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The primary purpose of the mathematics certificate is to serve those students who wish to enhance their content knowledge in mathematics but are unable to complete the requirements of a second major. 

Students must meet with a math advisor in order to declare and to discuss course selection. Math advisor information is provided at the math advising page.

Requirements 1, 2
3 credits MATH 400–6993
9 credits from MATH 307–6999
Total Credits12



 Excluding MATH/​CURRIC  471.


Only one (1) course each from these groups may apply:

Residence & Quality of Work

  • At least 9 certificate credits must be completed in residence.
  • Minimum 2.000 GPA on all certificate courses. 

Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates

This certificate is intended to be completed in the context of an undergraduate degree and for those seeking this certificate that is preferred. For students who have substantially completed this certificate at UW–Madison and may need one or two courses to complete the certificate, they may do so immediately after completion of the bachelor’s degree by enrolling in the course as a University Special (nondegree) student. The certificate must be completed within a year of completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students should keep in mind that University Special students have the last registration priority and that may limit availability of desired courses. Financial aid is not available when enrolled as a University Special student to complete an undergraduate certificate. 

  1. State, explain, and apply the principal results, definitions, and theorems of a wide collection of mathematical areas.
  2. Acquire a diverse set of skills and strategies in mathematical reasoning/problem solving.
  3. Use mathematics to model and analyze problems in other disciplines.


Students who are interested in the mathematics certificate program should visit a faculty advisor. Doing the fall and spring semesters several faculty advisors have regular drop-in office hours. The current list of advisors and the schedule of the office hours can be found at the math advising page. During the winter break and the summer semester there is no drop-in advising, students should contact one of the advisors to set up an appointment. 

For advice on college algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus, see the placement advising pages of the department. 

L&S career resources

Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities.  SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.

In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.

Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.


Anderson, David F
Andrews, Uri
Angenent, Sigurd B.
Arinkin, Dima
Caldararu, Andrei
Craciun, Gheorghe
Denisov, Sergey
Ellenberg, Jordan
Erman, Daniel M
Feldman, Mikhail
Gong, Xianghong
Gurevich, Shamgar
Kent, Autumn Exum (Graduate Director)
Lempp, Steffen
Mari-Beffa, Gloria
Maxim, Laurentiu
Miller, Joseph S
Paul, Sean T
Poltoratski, Alexei
Roch, Sebastien
Rycroft, Christopher
Seeger, Andreas
Seppalainen, Timo (Chair)
Smith, Leslie M.
Soskova, Mariya
Spagnolie, Saverio
Stechmann, Sam
Stovall, Betsy
Street, Brian Thomas (Associate Chair)
Terwilliger, Paul M.
Thiffeault, Jean-Luc
Valko, Benedek (Undergraduate Director)
Waleffe, Fabian
Yang, Tonghai

Associate Professors:

Dymarz, Tullia Maria
Guo, Shaoming
Ifrim, Mihaela
Kim, Chanwoo
Li, Qin
Marshall, Simon Lindsay
Tran, Hung Vinh
Wang, Botong

Assistant Professors:

Apisa, Paul
Chen, Nan
Cochran, Amy
Fabien, Maurice
Kemeny, Michael L J
Lawrence, Brian
Loving, Marissa
Lyu, Hanbaek
Rodriguez, Jose Israel
Shankar, Ananth
Shcherbyna, Tetyana
Shen, Hao
Uyanik, Caglar
Waldron, Alex
Wu, Chenxi
Zepeda-Nunez, Leonardo
Zimmer, Andrew

Academic staff:

Benguria Andrews, Soledad (Calculus Coordinator) 
Grizzard, Robert (Associate Director for Instructional Programs) 
Ivanov, Mikhail (Math Learning Center Instructor) 
Jackson, Billy (Director of the Precalculus Program) 
Keller, Mitch (Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs) 
Kwon, Oh Hoon (Associate Director of the Precalculus Program) 
Lindsey, Melissa (Director of Instructional Support) Phillipson, 
Kaitlyn (Linear Algebra Coordinator) 
Rineck, Leah (Math Learning Center Director) 
Williams, Cassie (Associate Director of Instructional and Professional Development) 
Work, Grace (Associate Director of Undergraduate Research)

Enrollment Coordinator:

Kyle Martinez