College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science: Math Majors : Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics gives students a sound education in modern mathematics and its applications while serving a variety of purposes: It maintains a vigorous and flexible program for mathematic majors; it provides the necessary mathematical foundations for engineering, science, and education students; and it offers an introduction to modern quantitative methods for students of management, economics, and the social sciences. The Bachelor of Arts degree differs from the Bachelor of Science degree in that it has an abundance of free general electives through which students can explore a variety of other interests. Thus, the Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing one or more minors or a double major.

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree are for students to:

  • Understand and apply problem-solving techniques
  • Read, write, and analyze mathematical proofs
  • Communicate mathematics both orally and in writing
  • Understand concepts and applications from a broad range of mathematical areas

The Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics requires a total of 37 credit hours within the major consisting of the following required courses:

MATH 151 Calculus I
MATH 152 Calculus II
MATH 253 Calculus III
MATH 271 Differential Equations
MATH 281 Foundations of Higher Mathematics
MATH 371 Linear Algebra
MATH 481 Modern Algebra
MATH 491 Advanced Calculus

Plus 6 hours of mathematics electives chosen from MATH courses numbered above 300.

Most students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics choose their mathematics electives according to one of three options. The suggested advanced courses for the options include (but are not limited to) the following:

Business option:
MATH 351 Introduction to Operations Research
MATH 381 Mathematical Statistics

Scientific option:
MATH 381 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 401 Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Middle Childhood/ Adolescence education option:
MATH 381 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 461 Geometry

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