Core Mathematics Program


Core mathematics education at USMA includes both acquiring a body of knowledge and developing thought processes judged fundamental to a cadet's understanding of basic ideas in mathematics, science, and engineering. Equally important, this educational process in mathematics affords opportunities for cadets to progress in their development as life-long learners who are able to formulate intelligent questions and research answers independently and interactively.  More information can be found in the Core Math Book.

In the classroom, concepts are applied to representative problems from science, engineering, and the social sciences. These applications develop cadet experience in modeling and provide immediate motivation for developing a sound mathematical foundation for future studies.

The core mathematics requirement for all cadets is a three course sequence consisting of.

  1. One semester of mathematical modeling
  2. One semester of calculus
  3. One semester of probability and statistics

Core Math Flow

Cadets will be placed in the appropriate course based on previous academic preparation and aptitude for mathematics.  Cadets who have taken calculus at the college level and demonstrated mastery of the material may be able to validate the calculus requirement.  Cadets may also validate the modeling course and/or the probability and statistics course by taking a validation exam.  Cadets who demonstrate a deficiency in algebra and/or trigonometry may be required to take an additional course before entering the three-course, core math sequence.

There are six primary goals of the core mathematics program (as seen below):

Primary goals of the core mathematics program