The mathematics senior seminar, MTH 491, is the capstone course for the mathematics major. Each student completes a senior project, which is usually a research project but may be an expository paper. Each student also prepares an oral presentation on his or her project; these presentations are given near the end of the semester.

The research topics for senior seminar are almost unlimited. Recently, students have written capstone papers on mathematical physics, complex analysis, game theory, geometry, numerical analysis, and other topics. A full list of recent capstones is available.

Students who have arranged for an internship at an outside company may use this to satisfy their capstone requirement. These students should contact their departmental advisor well in advance of the internship to make arrangements.