Mathematics Major

The information and requirements found below apply to the current academic catalog. For other catalog years, please consult the archive.

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Mathematics Major

The Department of Mathematics offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics. Both require a core of basic courses followed by additional courses specifically from one of 7 emphases. For information on selecting the appropriate emphasis and courses to prepare for various types of graduate programs, please speak to your advisor as soon as possible. 

Please be sure to read through all applicable degree policies before making a final decision. 

Degree Requirements

NOTE: BOTH degrees are required to complete a computer programming course, regardless of the degree and emphasis selected. One of the following courses is recommended for most students: CSC 110, ISTA 130, ECE 175, or CHEE 205; other options may require additional prerequisites and/or a major or minor declared in another subject.

The information and requirements given here apply to the most current academic catalog. For other catalog years, please consult the archive.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

A Bachelor of Arts is not science-intensive. A Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics has a strong foundation of mathematics with room for students to explore a more flexible curriculum. Students pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics typically take a more broad range of electives outside of the core degree curriculum.

For a more detailed layout of requirements or a list of changes to the degree requirements from year to year, please see the requirements knowledgebase.

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is for students looking to gain a more in depth knowledge of mathematics with a science-intensive approach. This degree program, while allowing for electives within a a student's emphasis of choice, keeps a main focus on the mathematical sciences. 

For a more detailed layout of requirements or a list of changes to the degree requirements from year to year, please see the requirements knowledgebase.

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Core Courses

All seven emphases for the B.A./B.S. require the following core courses, which should ideally be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Emphasis Options

Each emphasis requires at least 15 units of 400-level mathematics course work, and each emphasis, except Mathematics Education, requires the student to complete a minor outside the math department. Courses in minors must be distinct from those in the major.

The complete official requirements for each emphasis are given in the University Catalog in the form of an Academic Advisement Report (ADVIP), as seen below. It is important for students to consult with their academic advisor about their choice and order of courses, as well as which additional courses would strengthen their degree program.

Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematicians use mathematical models to solve complex problems. Upon graduation, students are primed to apply their quantitative and computational knowledge and logical thinking skills across industries like engineering, technology, natural science, manufacturing, business and government.

Comprehensive Mathematics

If you find beauty in the theory of mathematics, learn how the Comprehensive emphasis can prepare you for graduate studies in math and science. Undergraduates immerse themselves in the study of abstract algebra, mathematical analysis and more. They learn to apply rigorous logic and creativity to mathematical problems.

Computer Science

Computer scientists improve lives through the advancement and development of technology. Students who select the Computer Science emphasis are immersed in core mathematics coursework, as well as more specialized courses focusing on the logic and concepts underpinning advances in computer science. 


Whether students aim to address broader economic issues or prefer to focus on banking, finance or economic forecasting, their skill set will be in high demand. Students within this emphasis develop a deep theoretical knowledge of the mathematics underlying economics and finance while also engaging in a related minor.

Life Sciences

A strong foundation in mathematics is integral to all scientific fields. This degree prepares students for medical school or graduate studies in biology or health-related fields. Students develop diversified knowledge and skills required for environmental fieldwork, scientific research or graduate/professional studies in medicine. 

Mathematics Education

This emphasis prepares students who aspire to teach math in middle school or high school. Students gain expert knowledge through an inquiry-based approach. Plus, they garner hands-on teaching experience in subjects like algebra, geometry and calculus through student teaching roles at partner schools. This emphasis does not require a minor. See the Secondary Math Education Program (SMEP) website for additional information.

Probability and Statistics

This major caters to students aspiring to attend graduate school in statistics, economics or a related subject. Students master mathematical theory and hone their logic and reasoning skills in this major, positioning themselves for in-demand roles across business, tech and research.    


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