Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Option A - Mathematics


In addition to mastering the core courses, required for all Mathematics options, students in this option complete a sequence of three directed elective courses aimed at developing an in depth understanding in a single focus area. The focus areas include, but are not limited to: general mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, natural sciences, computer science r economics. If double majoring in one of the focus areas, approved focus courses may be satisfied by the second major. Also, focus area courses may include 3-6 semester hours of internship (MATH 496). Below we highlight some of the possible focus areas.

General Mathematics Focus

This focus is geared toward graduate studies in mathematics. Focus area courses include any 300-400 level mathematics courses that encourage the development of a rigorous mathematics foundation for graduate education.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics Focus

These two focus areas cover the conventional applied mathematics and statistic concentrations and are for students who seek graduate degrees in applied mathematics/statistics or research related careers. Most jobs entitled mathematician or statistician outside of academics are application driven, and many such jobs require graduate education. Option A, accomplished through either of these two focus areas covers almost all the necessary foundation for related graduate education to become a mathematician or statistician. Focus courses are typically selected from mathematics, statistics, or decision science.

Natural Science, Computer Science, or Economics

It is practical for a math major to develop a base knowledge in another field related to mathematics. Option A provides a rich mathematical training for any science major. In fact, this focus encourages double majoring in Mathematics. Related minor courses will be guided to complete the prerequisite requirements for each focus.

Here are some examples for natural sciences and economics focus areas. 

  • Computer Science: choose three from MATH 355, 481, CS 355, 460, 465
  • Physics: choose three from MATH 333, PHYS 305, 311, 410, 420, 406, 430
  • Chemistry: choose three from MATH 333, CHEM 341, 374, 375, 449, 479
  • Environmental Biology: choose three from MATH 383, 483, BIOL 350, 451, 459, ZOOL 455
  • Economics: choose three from DS 303, ECON 330, 331, 445, 487

Note that prerequisites can be satisfied by the general education natural science and mathematics, and social science courses.


Requirements in option A are sufficiently flexible to allow for individual interests and some specialization based on career goals. Sample Degree Program