Mathematics (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is designed to prepare students for graduate study and mathematical careers in education, government, and private industry. In addition to a core curriculum, the major offers elective concentrations for students who wish to study actuarial and data science, classical applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and/or mathematics education. The Academic Catalog contains more details about the degree requirements and course descriptions. When planning schedules, the progression sheet and four year plan may be helpful. Questions about the degree may be directed to

Content Goals

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics endeavors to satisfy the content recommendations of the MAA CUPM Overview of Majors in the Mathematical Sciences. The curriculum includes concepts and methods from calculus, linear algebra, data analysis, computing, mathematical modeling, and mathematical proof. The curriculum demonstrates the breadth and depth of mathematics and presents key ideas from complementary points of view, including continuous and discrete, algebraic and geometric, deterministic and stochastic, and exact and approximate. Students are encouraged to pursue internships and research opportunities, and the department provides students with information about careers in mathematics.

Cognitive Goals

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics endeavors to help students achieve the following cognitive goals, as adapted with modification from the MAA CUPM Overview of Majors in the Mathematical Sciences:

(1) Approach mathematical problems with curiosity, creativity, and perseverance.

(2) Use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics.

(3) Effectively use technology to solve problems and explore mathematical ideas.

(4) Learn to link applications and theory.

(5) Create, explore, test, and modify examples, models, and conjectures.

(6) Identify essential features of a complex situation and abstract general principles from particular instances.

(7) Recognize and construct mathematically rigorous arguments.

(8) Communicate mathematical ideas clearly, coherently, and precisely.

(9) Develop mathematical independence and experience open-ended inquiry.