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College of Arts & Sciences

Mathematics Major (B.S.)

  • Rigorous training in mathematics for a mathematically intensive career
  • Preparation for graduate school in the mathematical sciences
  • Can be combined with majors in the sciences, engineering, and technology
  • Preparation for careers in 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

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Major code BS3101

Sample Curriculum

Faculty Contact: Dr. Todd Young

Program Overview

This major is intended for those interested in rigorous training in mathematics and a mathematically intensive career. It is recommended for those preparing to enter graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

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 the B.S. in applied mathematics, actuarial science and mathematical statistics. The department also offers a B.A. in mathematics as a flexible and attractive option for students considering a double-major.

When planning any program of study in mathematics, it is strongly recommended that you consult an adviser 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.S. degree with a major in mathematics, a student must complete a total of at least 45 semester credit hours of mathematics courses at the 2000-level or above (may include MATH 1250).

Mathematics Bachelors of Science 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
  • MATH 3400 - Elementary Differential Equations Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4221 - Modern Algebra I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4301 - Advanced Calculus I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MATH 4310 - Complex Variables Credit Hours: 3.0
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

Mathematics Electives

Complete at least four additional MATH courses at the 3000 level or above (excluding MATH 4100, 4100L, 4150). Check Course Offerings and talk with an advis3r about possible elective choices.

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