2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog

Mathematics, BS

Banner Code:  SC-BS-MATH

Students may select an optional concentration in actuarial mathematics (AMT), applied mathematics (ACTM), or mathematics education (MTHE). Students who do not select a concentration study traditional mathematics.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor’s degrees  including university general education requirements . In addition, students majoring in mathematics must satisfy the requirements listed below. These courses satisfy the university-wide requirement in quantitative reasoning and natural sciences. A maximum of 6 credits of grades below 2.00 in course work designated MATH may be applied toward the major.

This program of study is offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science.

Degree Requirements

Science (8 credits):

All students in the major choose a one-year sequence of a laboratory science from the following:

Computational Skills (4 or 7 credits):

Additional Mathematics (24 credits):

Departmental Non-mathematical Requirements

  • Students with no selected concentration or those undertaking either the applied mathematics concentration or the mathematics education concentration must select a second year of science from one of the following three options: a second sequence from the choices under “Science (8 credits)” above; 6 credits from more advanced courses in chemistry, geology, or physics (but only courses acceptable for credit toward a natural science major); or the 4-credit option PHYS 262, PHYS 263.
  • Students with an actuarial concentration must have 3 credits of ACCT 203 and 6 credits of economics, including ECON 103 (3 credits) and either ECON 306 or 310, or FNAN 321. (The Economics Department has agreed to waive ECON 104 as a prerequisite for ECON 306 for mathematics majors.)
  • The department recommends proficiency in French, German, or Russian.


Students may select an optional concentration in applied mathematics (AMT), actuarial mathematics (ACTM), or mathematics education (MTHE). Students selecting a concentration take the courses listed below instead of the 24 credits of additional mathematics taken by students without a concentration. The concentration requirements comprise 24 credits for the AMT and ACTM concentrations, and 39 credits for the MTHE concentration.

▲ Concentration in Applied Mathematics (AMT)

Total: 24 credits

Total: 24 credits

▲ Concentration in Mathematics Education (MTHE)

Note: EDCI 490 and EDUC 372 also satisfy the general education requirements for synthesis and social science, respectively.

Total: 39 credits

General Comments

For math majors:

MATH 104, 105, 106, 108, 110, 111, 112, 271, and 272 cannot be used as substitutes for any requirements of the major in mathematics.

For non-math majors:

  • MATH 108, 110, and 111 are designed for students in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Liberal arts majors are advised to take MATH 106, 110, or 111.
  • Students in the natural sciences who plan to do graduate work are advised to add courses from MATH 313, 314, 351, 352, 382, 441, 442, 446, and 447.

For both math majors and non-math majors:

  • MATH 104, 105, 108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 125 have a qualifying score on the Math Placement Test as a prerequisite. The Math Placement Test is given frequently; for the schedule, inquire at the department office or check the Math Department web site.
  • Students who do not achieve the necessary test score needed to take a math course may go to the Math Learning Center (see below), or they may study and retake the test on their own. A student who does not complete the relevant program in the Learning Center or does not achieve the necessary score on the placement test, will not be able to enroll in the class. Depending on their test scores, students who do not place into MATH 113 will be advised to take MATH 104 or MATH 105 or visit the Math Learning Center to prepare for MATH 105.
  • MATH 104 and MATH 105 do not fulfill the university quantitative reasoning requirement.
  • Students may not receive credit for both MATH 214 and 216; both MATH 213 and 215; both MATH 351 and STAT 344; and both MATH 352 and STAT 354.
  • After receiving a grade of C or better in one of the courses listed below on the left, students may not receive credit for the corresponding course on the right:
MATH 113 MATH 105 or 108
MATH 351 or STAT 344 MATH 110
MATH 441 MATH 111
MATH 125 MATH 112