The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The requirements for this major are flexible to enable students to follow their interests. After calculus and a sequence of three basic theoretical courses, students complete the major with six or more upper-level courses. Students in the program must fulfill the following minimal requirements, earning a grade of C or higher in each course. No single course may fulfill two requirements simultaneously. Note that students who declared a math major in the Fall of 2018 or after are required to complete the one credit course, MATH 0500 Professional Development, prior to graduation. There are three sections offered in the spring term. The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences maintains the Authoritative Statement of Degree Requirements (major sheet).

Please note that Math 1230 The Big Ideas of Mathematics is approved as an upper-level elective course for the BS in Mathematics. The change will be reflected in the Authoritative Statement of Degree Requirements the next time this document is updated.

All students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences who have only one major and do not have a minor or certificate must have a "related area” to graduate. A related area is a minimum of 12 credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA in any department other than your major.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Mathematics

The Department also offers a program for students pursuing a major in mathematics leading to graduation with departmental honors in mathematics. The program is designed for students who are considering graduate study in mathematics or a related field that makes use of mathematics. In order to qualify for departmental honors in mathematics, a student must:

  1. Fulfill all requirements for a degree in mathematics.
  2. Complete the following courses with grade of at least B.
    1. MATH 1250 Abstract Algebra
    2. MATH 1530 Advanced Calculus 1
    3. MATH 1540 Advanced Calculus 2
    4. One 2000 level mathematics course in lieu of an upper level elective
  3. Complete an honors thesis under the direction of a mathematics faculty member or earn a B grade or higher in a second 2000 level mathematics course. (For students seeking a BPhil degree from the Honors College, this requirement could be satisfied by the Honors College Thesis.) Course credit for thesis work will normally be awarded as MATH 1902 (Directed Study).

Although not required, it is highly recommended that honors degree candidates take the intermediate honors courses MATH 1185 and MATH 0450 during the freshman or sophomore year.

Students interested in the departmental honors program should consult with the undergraduate director or department chairperson as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore year, even if they have not yet declared a major.

The department's Undergraduate Committee is responsible for certifying students who graduate with departmental honors in mathematics. The Undergraduate Committee is empowered to make minor changes in requirements based on individual circumstances.

1. Highly qualified students may substitute MATH 0450 (Introduction to Analysis) for MATH 0413 and MATH 0420.