Jan 27, 2020
A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics provides you the skills needed to work on important, challenging, real-world problems in business, industry, medicine, government, and scientific research.
Hours required and general/college requirements
A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the “General University Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) core requirement
For satisfying the Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) core requirements, the department suggests:
43 hours of mathematics courses, which must include:
Mathematics core, 16 hours
At least one of the following
At least one of the following must be taken in satisfying other requirements:
Depth requirement, 9 hours
9 hours from one of the following areas
Plus two of the following:
Plus two of the following
Breadth requirement, 9 hours
One course in each of the three areas not used to satisfy the depth requirement.
Mathematics electives, 9 hours
Three additional upper-level mathematics courses chosen from MATH 2000 or any mathematics course numbered 3350 or above.
Other course requirements
Three laboratory science courses intended for science majors are required as follows:
Option 1, Biology emphasis
(must be biology intended for science majors)
Plus one of the following
(must be physical science intended for science majors)
Option 2, Chemistry emphasis
(must be chemistry intended for science majors)
Option 3, Physics emphasis
(must be calculus-based physics intended for science majors)
Students double majoring in mathematics and another discipline (typically biology, chemistry, physics or engineering) that requires at least 12 hours of laboratory science intended for science and engineering majors may use the same laboratory science courses that satisfy the requirements for the other major to satisfy the laboratory science requirement for the mathematics major.
To satisfy the laboratory science requirement for the mathematics major, students with a minor in geography or geology may use:
Plus one of the following lecture and laboratory combinations
Students may complete either of two options to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement:
Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to 1020 is required. Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics are encouraged to study French, German or Russian.
Complete 6 hours of technical writing courses from the following:
Students taking mathematics courses at the 2000-level or above are expected to be competent in computer programming, using languages such as BASIC, C, C++, Fortran, PASCAL or Java. Students are encouraged to complete the programming requirement during their freshman or sophomore year. Students who have acquired a solid programming competency in a non-academic setting, such as through work experience, may demonstrate their programming competency by passing a departmental exam in place of the CSCE 1010 , CSCE 1020 or CSCE 1030 course requirement. Required courses:
One of the following is required:
- A minor of at least 18 hours (6 advanced). A minor in statistics does not fulfill this requirement.
- Completion of a second major in addition to mathematics.
- Completion of the certificate program in actuarial science. Students must take MATH 3680 , MATH 4610 and MATH 4650 for fulfilling degree requirements; students are also encouraged to take MATH 3350 and MATH 3740 . Also, no mathematics courses may be chosen for fulfilling the elective requirements of the certificate program.
Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all mathematics courses which are applied toward a mathematics major and are numbered 3350 or above.