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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, BA (non–teacher certification)

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A Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics provides you the skills needed to work on important, challenging, real-world problems in business, industry, medicine, government, and scientific research.

Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics (non–teacher certification).

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 36 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Science  requirements.

Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) core requirement

For satisfying the Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) core requirements, the department suggests:

Major requirements

40 hours of mathematics courses, which must include:

Mathematics core, 19 hours

Depth Requirement, 6 hours

Two courses from one of the following areas:

Breadth requirement, 9 hours

One course in each of the three areas not used to satisfy the depth requirement. One of the following must be taken if neither were completed as part of the depth requirement.

Mathematics elective, 3 hours

One additional upper-level mathematics courses chosen from mathematics courses numbered 3350 or above.

Other course requirements


Three laboratory science courses, at least two of which must be intended for science and engineering majors (Group I and II), and at least one of which must be a physical science course intended for science and engineering majors (Group I).

Option 1

Group III: One additional course

One additional course that meets the University Core Curriculum requirement for the life and physical sciences.

Note: Equivalent honors courses can also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Mathematics majors with a minor in geography or geology may also choose from the floowing

Mathematics majors with a minor in geography or geology may also choose from the following in Group I above.

Option 2

Group II: One additional laboratory science course

One laboratory science chosen from any course meeting the natural and life sciences component of the laboratory science requirement of the College of Science.

Note: Equivalent honors courses can also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Option 3

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.

Foreign language

Students may complete either of two options to satisfy the foreign language requirement:

Option 1

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. Students may take SPAN 1030  in place of SPAN 1010  and SPAN 1020 .

Breadth requirement

Students should meet with an advisor to ensure compliance with the College of Science breadth requirement.

Additional information

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.

Minor requirements

One of the following is required

Minor of at least 18 hours

A minor of 18 hours (6 advanced). A minor in statistics does not fulfill this requirement.

Second major

Completion of a second major in addition to mathematics.

Certificate in actuarial science

Completion of the Actuarial Science certificate . 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 . No mathematics courses may be chosen for fulfilling the elective requirements of the certificate program.

Other requirements

Students must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in all mathematics courses which are applied toward a mathematics major and are numbered 3350 or above.

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