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


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 (at least 12 credits) 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. 


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

Associate Professors:

Andrews, Uri
Dymarz, Tullia Maria
Erman, Daniel M
Gorin, Vadim
Gurevich, Shamgar
Ifrim, Mihaela
Kim, Chanwoo
Li, Qin
Marshall, Simon Lindsay
Soskova, Mariya
Spagnolie, Saverio
Stovall, Betsy (Graduate Director)
Tran, Hung Vinh

Assistant Professors:

Chen, Gao
Chen, Nan
Cochran, Amy
Guo, Shaoming
Kemeny, Michael L J
Rodriguez, Jose Israel
Shen, Hao
Wang, Botong
Zepeda-Nunez, Leonardo
Shankar, Ananth
Shcherbyna, Tetyana
Wu, Chenxi
Wardon, Alex
Zimmer, Andrew

Academic staff:

Benguria Depassier, Soledad (Calculus Coordinator)
Grizzard, Robert (Associate Director for Instructional Programs)
Hanhart, Alexander (Associate Undergraduate Director)
Kwon, Oh Hoon (Math Education Coordinator)
Sukiennik, Justin (Precalculus Coordinator and WisCel)
Lindsey, Melissa (Associate Director for Instructional Support)

Enrollment Coordinator:

Kyle Martinez