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Mathematics Major B.A.

  • A broad liberal arts education with a math concentration
  • Flexibility to pursue topics of interest
  • Preparation for a variety of graduate and professional schools
  • Preparation for a careers with state and federal government agencies; scientific research and development services; communication firms; public education; computer services and software; banks and credit unions; and more

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BA3101

Sample Curriculum (hyperlink )

Faculty Contact: Dr. Todd Young

Program Overview

This major is recommended for students who want to pursue a broad or liberal arts education with a concentration in the mathematical sciences, have plans for future education or employment in an interdisciplinary area, or desire a double major in mathematics and some other field.

The mathematics major offers a strong program in mathematical techniques and ways of thinking that can be used in a wide variety of careers. The major covers core topics that provide a common structure, while leaving flexibility to pursue topics of interest. This flexibility allows the mathematics major to be combined with other majors in the sciences, engineering, and technology to form a coherent undergraduate experience.

Other majors in the mathematical sciences offered by the Mathematics Department are B.S. in mathematics, applied mathematics, actuarial science and mathematics statistics.

When planning any program in the study of mathematics, it is strongly recommended that you consult an advisor from the department.

Careers and Graduate School

Whether as part of a double major or alone, a degree in applied mathematics is a recognized intellectual achievement. It is marketable to a broad selection of employers or can be used as an entrance to a variety of graduate and professional schools. Potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following: state and federal government agencies; scientific research and development services; communication firms; public and private K-12 education; institutions of higher education; computer services companies; software publishers; banks and credit unions; non-profit organizations; and chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam

Change to Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before transferring into the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
  • Attained Level 3 on the Math Placement Exam
  • Earned at least an A- in MATH 2301 or have an A- on an equivalent transfer course

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the program:

  • Have a least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
  • Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
  • Earned at least an A- in a course equivalent to MATH 2301

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Requirements

For a B.A. degree with a major in mathematics, a student must complete a total of at least 30 semester credit hours of mathematics courses at or above the 2000-level in mathematics. (This may include MATH 1250.)

Mathematics Bachelors of Arts Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 2302 - Calculus II Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 3300 - Calculus III Credit Hours: 4.0
Discrete Math

Complete one of the following courses:    

  • CS 3000 - Introduction to Discrete Structures Credit Hours: 4.0
  • MATH 3050 - Discrete Mathematics Credit Hours: 3.0
Linear Algebra

Complete one of the following courses:

  • MATH 3200 - Applied Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 3210 - Linear Algebra Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete one of the following courses:

  • MATH 3400 - Elementary Differential Equations Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 3500 - Probability Credit Hours: 3.0

Proof-based Course

Complete at least one of the following courses:

  • MATH 3070 - Introduction to Number Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4221 - Modern Algebra I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4310 - Complex Variables Credit Hours: 3.0

4000-Level Courses

Complete at least 6 hours of MATH coursework at the 4000 level (excluding MATH 4100, 4100L, 4150 ).

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