Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Major in Mathematics

This is the traditional mathematics degree program. It offers training suitable for students planning to work in mathematics and computation for industry or government, or to continue their studies in graduate school. The requirements for an undergraduate major in mathematics are designed so that the student may have opportunity for appropriate specialization to meet one or more of the foregoing objectives and, at the same time, obtain a thorough introduction to the mathematics underlying all of them.

Graduates understand a broad range of mathematical topics and are familiar with a broad range of mathematical models. They have skills for solving problems in diverse situations. They can construct rigorous arguments to demonstrate mathematical facts. They can communicate their mathematical methods to others and can justify their assumptions.

Majors normally spend the first two years obtaining a grounding in calculus and differential equations. At the junior and senior levels the department offers more than 25 undergraduate courses, including, for example, an introduction to combinatorics, abstract algebra, partial differential equations, complex variables, and mathematics of fractals. In addition, there are other courses at the graduate level which are open to qualified undergraduates.

Program of Study

Math Core Courses (10 courses)

  • Math 101 – Orientation in Math
  • Math 165, 166, 265 – Calculus I, II, III
  • Math 266 or 267 – Elementary Differential Equations
  • Math 201 – Intro to Proofs
  • Math 301 – Abstract Algebra I
  • Math 414 – Analysis I
  • Math 317 – Theory of Linear Algebra
  • Math 492 – Undergraduate Seminar

Math Electives (5 courses)

Five additional math courses at the 300 level or higher.

Math core and elective courses must include one of the sequences Math 301, 302 (Abstract Algebra I, II), Math 304, 314 (Combinatorics, Graph Theory), Math 414, 415 (Analysis I, II) Math 435, 436 (Geometry I, II), or 373, 481 (Intro to Scientific Computing, Numerical Solution of Differential Equations).

Communication Proficiency Requirement

The Mathematics Department requires a grade of C- or better in ENGL 150, a grade of C or better in ENGL 250 (or 250H), and an advanced communication proficiency requirement that may be met by either receiving a grade of C- or better in one of ENGL 302, 303, 305, 309, or 314 or by writing an acceptable undergraduate thesis (MATH 491).

College Requirements

For additional college requirements, see Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum