B.A./B.S. in Mathematics

Students majoring in mathematics are able to plan programs appropriate for careers that require understanding of structures and patterns and analysis of data.

Students who desire a more scientific emphasis will complete the Arts and Sciences College requirements for a BS degree; the mathematics requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degrees are the same.

All programs are to be planned in careful consultation with a departmental adviser and be approved by that adviser.

Requirements for the Mathematics Major:

Core courses (22 credit hours):

  • MATH 050, 070 and 100 (Calculus I, II and III)
  • MATH 080 (Linear Algebra)
  • MATH 101 (Mathematical Reasoning)
  • CS 065 (Introduction to Computer Science I)
  • MATH 191 (The Capstone course)

Upper Level Courses (21 credit hours):

At least six of these 21 hours must come from Category A. Another six hours must come from Category B, and the remaining nine hours can be from additional courses in Categories A or B, or at most six hours from Category C. 

Category A Category B Category C

Math 110, 120, 121, 125,
127, 131, 132, 150 and 165

Math 150, 153, 155, 156,
157, 176, 184, 185 and 187
ACTS: 120 141, 142, 150, 151, 160
BIO/CS 116
CS: 130, 137, 139, 143, 147
ECON 107
PHY: 121, 122, 181, 188


These courses should be chosen with an adviser to ensure the requirements are satisfied. These remaining courses may be other upper-level mathematics courses (not MATH 140 or the mathematics tutoring course) or approved courses in computing, statistics, actuarial science, econometrics, finances, or other areas approved by the adviser.

Mathematics majors should also develop competencies in one or more areas of application of mathematics such as the physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences or business.

Catalog Requirements for Mathematics

Capstone Guidelines

Math Major Flowchart

Tentative Course Schedule

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