Feb 28, 2021
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics is designed to provide students with the foundation of a liberal arts education and a broad overview of modern mathematics and its applications, while also emphasizing the power, depth, and beauty inherent in the subject. The mathematical component of this plan is designed to prepare students to develop and use analytical and problem-solving skills, to master mathematical techniques required in related fields of application, and to enter the employment market with relevant and proficient mathematical skills. This degree offers many features to enhance a student’s educational experience: the choice of an approved university minor or concentration; sustained development of writing and speaking proficiency; and extended general education requirements that permit more study of the liberal arts. The BA degree is especially appropriate for students who wish to combine an extensive study of mathematics with a second concentration in such fields as arts, humanities, education, business, or the social sciences. It will help prepare students for various graduate or professional programs including mathematics, medicine and law. A student of this program, after completing the courses listed in the Mathematics Core, may then choose mathematics electives that seem most suitable to their interests.
Graduates who earn a BA in Mathematics will be able to:
- Demonstrate analytic reasoning and problem solving skills, and understanding of and ability to write proofs.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of continuous mathematics.
- Communicate mathematical knowledge orally and in writing.
Common Core Requirements (42 hours)
See the Common Core Requirements section of the catalog for Undergraduate Academic Programs. Observe that MATH 2409 satisfies both the mathematics requirement of the Common Core and the BA in mathematics degree plan.
Mathematics Core Requirements (35 hours)
A mathematics faculty advisor and topic must be decided upon and be approved by the department chair at least one full semester before registering for MATH 4395 Senior Project in Mathematics.
Mathematics Electives in the Major (15 hours)
3000 Level Electives
Electives must include at least one of the following 3000 level courses:
- MATH 3309, MATH 3312, or MATH 3314
4000 Level Electives
Electives must include one of the following 4000 level courses:
- MATH 4301, MATH 4302, MATH 4303, MATH 4304, MATH 4305, MATH 4306, MATH 4307, MATH 4308, MATH 4314 or MATH 4315
At least 9 more hours of 3000-4000 math electives including at least 3 at the 4000 level subject to the following:
- MATH 4294 , MATH 3321 or MATH 3322 do not count towards any mathematics degree requirements.
- At most three hours of MATH 4190 -MATH 4490 , Special Topics, may be applied toward degree unless approved by the department chair.
- At most three hours of MATH 3399 -MATH 4399 , Directed Study, may be applied toward degree unless approved by the department chair.
- At most three hours of MATH 3394 Undergraduate Research, may be applied toward degree unless approved by the department chair.
Minor or Concentration (18 approved hours minimum)
Any university approved Concentration in Teaching Certification or Minor from the College of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, or the College of Public Service. Students seeking Secondary (7-12) Certification in Mathematics must be advised by the Urban Education Department.
(Sufficient hours to complete a minimum of 120 hours total)