Aug 13, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics BA Programs

The mathematics major introduces students to the fundamental areas of mathematics and provides some degree of specialization in one or more areas. It trains students in the analytic thinking characteristic of pure and applied mathematics and provides familiarity with rigorous methods of mathematical proof. In addition to offering a standard Mathematics Major, described below, the department also offers a number of specialized undergraduate tracks for students interested in pursuing careers in bioinformatics or in preparing for teaching: the concentration in Quantitative Biology, the concentration in Preparation for Adolescent Education (grades 7-12), and the concentration in Preparation for Childhood Education (grades 1-6.)

Students interested in pursuing mathematics at the advanced graduate level are urged to participate in the BA/MA program in Mathematics. The BA/MA program in Preparation for Adolescent Education leads to initial certification in adolescent education (grades 7-12) in mathematics. Certification may also be received by completing the BA degree with a Mathematics Major and then completing the MA in adolescent education in mathematics .

BA Programs in Mathematics

  1. Mathematics - BA  
  2. Mathematics Concentration in Preparation for Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) - BA 
  3. Mathematics Major with a Concentration in Quantitative Biology - BA 
  4. Mathematics Concentration in Preparation for Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) - BA  
  5. Mathematics or Statistics and Applied Mathematics - BA/MA  
  6. Mathematics Preparation for Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) - BA/MA  


A student majoring in mathematics or statistics may become a candidate for departmental honors by successfully completing MATH 49000 or STAT 48600, by presenting a major GPA of at least 3.6 and by achieving a satisfactory rating on a comprehensive examination.

Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics consists of a minimum of 12 credits selected from any of the following courses offered by the Department:

  • MATH courses numbered MATH 15000 or above
  • STAT 31100 - Probability Theory
  • STAT 31200 - Stochastic Processes
  • Students should consult the catalog to determine prerequisites necessary for them to enroll in courses that count toward the minor. It is recommended that prospective mathematics minors consult with an undergraduate mathematics adviser concerning course selection.