Mathematics B.S.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Students will gain a general knowledge of the field of mathematics including knowledge of the application of mathematics to other fields.

Objective 1.1: Students will know the mathematical theory underlying fundamental developments in mathematics.

Objective 1.2: Students will understand and be able to communicate the nature of proof and the sequence of observing examples, making conjectures and proving or disproving mathematical statements in a variety of mathematical disciplines

Objective 1.3: Students will have knowledge of the diverse branches of mathematics.

Objective 1.4: Students will have knowledge of areas closely related to mathematics including Computer Science and at least one branch of the Natural Sciences.

Goal 2: Students will master specific skills in mathematics.

Objective 2.1: Students will be able to perform basic computations such as calculating derivatives, integrals and various operations with matrices.

Objective 2.2: Students will be able to identify and apply the appropriate method to solve a specific mathematical problem.

Objective 2.3: Students will be able to identify and apply the appropriate proof technique to prove a mathematical statement.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

MAT 161Calculus I4
Natural Science
PHY 105University Physics I3
PHY 105LUniversity Physics Lab I1

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

CSC 120Computer Science I4

Open ILC courses:

Any two additional CAS courses that relate to the major. Advisor and Chair approval required in advance.

GEP Electives

Seven courses

Major Requirements

Major Concentration

Fourteen courses

MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 213Calculus III4
MAT 225Fundamental Ideas of Math3
MAT 226Introduction to Linear Algebra4
MAT 403Abstract Algebra3
MAT 409Real Analysis3
one elective chosen from:
Abstract Algebra II
Complex Analysis
Differential Geometry
Topology of Point Sets

Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools


  • Dr. Berezovski

Students who are pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification in Mathematics and who do not want to pursue a graduate degree, double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Their primary major is Mathematics. If they complete their student teaching during their senior year, they are exempt from one of the mathematics elective courses required for the Mathematics major. For more information on this option and the required courses, consult the department's web page, the Secondary Education sequence listed in the Education section of the Catalog, and consult with the Departmental advisor.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is an inter-college major with combined coursework from the Haub School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the separate major listing "Actuarial Science" at the beginning of the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalogue. A minor in Actuarial Science is also available.

Overlapping Course Groupings

MATH Students may not take overlapping courses for credit.  Please note the following five overlapping course groupings.

Group 1
MAT 119Applied Business Calculus4
MAT 123Differential Calculus3
MAT 155Fundamentals of Calculus3
MAT 161Calculus I (formerly MAT 106)4
Group 2
MAT 156Applied Calculus II3
MAT 162Calculus II4
Group 3
MAT 118Introduction to Statistics3
MAT 128Applied Statistics3
Group 4
MAT 225Fundamental Ideas of Math3
Group 5
MAT 139Mathematics, Culture & Society3
MAT 150First Year Seminar (Art, Poetry, Mathematics and Society)3