Mathematics Major

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

Outcome 1.1: Students will know the mathematical theory underlying calculus, including the formal definition of a limit and the compactness of the unit interval.

Outcome 1.2: Students will know the definitions, examples and some basic theorems about groups, rings and fields.

Goal 2:  Students will master specific skills in mathematics.

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

Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to identify and apply the appropriate method to solve a specific mathematical problem, apply the appropriate proof  technique to prove a specific mathematical statement, or determine whether a given solution or proof is logically sound.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits 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 areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature 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
or CSC 115 Intro to Computer Science
or CSC 133 Python Programming for All

Open ILC courses:

Courses automatically approved as fulfilling this requirement include: all ASC, ECN and CSC courses and also all BIO, CHM and PHY courses.  Courses outside of this list require Advisor and Chair approval to count as fulfilling this requirement.

GEP Electives

Seven courses

Major Requirements

MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 213Calculus III4
MAT 250Fundamentals of Mathematics3
MAT 226Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MAT 403Abstract Algebra3
MAT 409Real Analysis3
Any SIX additional “math elective” courses, which include all MAT, DSC and ASC courses above the level of 200.

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 Actuarial Science major or Actuarial Science minor for more information.

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. 

Below is the required program coursework for students to be eligible for a PA Leval I Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education (Math).

EDU 150Schools in Society w/ Field3
EDU 157Adolescent Development w/Field3
EDU 230Eval: Secondary Grades 7-123
EDU 246Language and Culture w/ Field3
EDU 247Literacy in Cont Areas w/Field3
EDU 416Instr Techniq Math w/Field3
EDU 491Secondary Student Teaching12
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3
SPE 205Inclusive Classrooms w/ Field3