Independent study courses ("499"; also called "reading courses") are an excellent way for students to explore specific topics not covered by the regular course offerings. They are also a way for students to learn of areas ofresearch of the faculty. As such, they play an essential role for graduate students in search of an adviser.
A student wishing to enroll in Math 499 Independent Study must first enter their request at the department data entry system and seek approval by their academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Independent study courses should not duplicate regular courses offered by the department. In particular, if a course wasoffered in the near past or will be offered in the near future, then a request to enroll in a 499 course in a similar subject would most likely be denied.