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Undergraduate Advising Information and Admission to the Major

Advising Office:  LGRT 1521E (Closed until further notice due to COVID-19). Make an appointment for a virtual meeting using ZOOM with Jacob Lagerstrom here.  If you can't make an appointment, please email Jacob Lagerstrom.

Phone:  413-545-2282 (This phone number is not currently being checked due to the office closure.)

Fall 2020 registration advising for current primary math majors.  

  • All primary math majors have a regisration (EN1) hold placed on March 4 that must be removed by a math department advisor before enrollment in fall courses. 
  • First-year majors will be contacted during spring break with information about courses and will be required to fill out a worksheet that we will send.  Students will be able to email questions to Jake, Garret, or Eric, and may also request phone meetings.  Once the worksheet is returned, the hold will be removed.
  • Other primary majors will be contacted by their assigned faculty advisor to schedule a virtual meeting.  The advisor will remove the hold after the meeting.  You can see who your faculty advisor is by looking in the "Primary Advisor" box on the right-hand side of your main "Student Center" page in Spire. If you do not hear from your advisor by March 18, please notify us at

Becoming a Math Major:  Students need to meet with Jacob Lagerstrom before being admitted to the major.  Students interested in math as a secondary major or the dual degree should first read the Minor and Secondary Major page.  (During the closure peiod, please begin the process by emailing Jacob Lagerstrom).

Criteria for Admission to the Major:  There are no specific criteria for admission, but majors should be aware that a C or better is needed in Math 132 in order to take certain upper level courses required for the major.  Current students will need to declare a concentration upon joining the major.

Existing Majors:  Existing majors need to select a concentration before the registration period for their third semester at UMass.  To change or add a first or second concentration, please email Jacob Lagerstrom.  To switch from SM-Math to BS-Math, contact Jacob Lagerstrom

Interested in the Minor?  Students wishing to minor in math should consult the Minor and Secondary Major page.  Direct any questions about the minor to Garret Cahill.

There are no drop-in hours during the closure period.  In addition to contacting Jacob Lagerstrom, students can email the Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Eric Sommers, or the Associate Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Garret Cahill.   We are all available for phone or Zoom appointments if we cannot resolve the issue via email.