Mathematics (BS)

For careers requiring strong analytical problem solving skills

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics offers a rigorous and broad range of courses in mathematical theory and mathematical and scientific applications. Like the Bachelor of Arts degree, as a student earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, you'll develop a firm mathematical foundation and experience the diversity of a liberal arts education, but you'll also have the opportunity to study specific aspects of mathematics and science in greater depth.


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Mathematics (BS)




The additional coursework in the Mathematics programs may give you a head start toward earning a minor in one of the natural sciences or computer science. Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Science degree are much stronger applicants for graduate programs and jobs requiring analytical problem solving, such as those in finance and computer science.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics 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, understand connections between mathematics and a broad range of scientific areas, understand elementary computer science and its applications, and understand at least one mathematical or scientific area in greater depth.

  • CSCI 156 Computer Science I
  • 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 381 Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH 481 Modern Algebra
  • MATH 491 Advanced Calculus
  • plus 11 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered above 300;
  • plus 8 credit hours of natural and computer science courses different from those used to satisfy degree, major, and general education requirements
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Interdepartmental Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.
The minor in mathematics requires 22 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered 151 and above. It must include MATH 151, 152, and 253. At most two credits of independent study may be applied toward the mathematics minor. Courses should be selected in consultation with the mathematics minor advisor.
Graduates with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics qualify for a wide range of positions in business,
industry, government and education. Companies in the computer and communications industries
employ many mathematicians as do all kinds of companies, banks, insurance companies and
consulting firms. Many bureaus and branches of the federal government employ mathematicians,
including the Department of Health and Human Services, the General Accounting Office,
Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics Space Administration and
the National Security Agency.

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Faculty / Staff

Each of the faculty members in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science are dedicated to teaching and advising, as well as to mathematics itself. Since their specialties and interests are diverse, they frequently run independent studies on topics that are not part of the regular curriculum. Recent topics include Raspberry Pi, Egyptian mathematics, and stock market valuation through data analysis. Faculty offices are located around the Math Common Room, a space where students feel free to drop in all day. Whether using this room for study or visiting a teacher, students quickly become accustomed to talking with faculty outside of class.

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Students interested in pursuing a career in mathematics may benefit by either double majoring or adding a minor to their plan of study in the following areas:

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