Contemporary mathematicians helped researchers complete the Human Genome Project, play a role in code breaking and national security and are key players in developing lifelike animation in Pixar films like “Cars 2” and “Brave.” Whatever your interests are, mathematics provides a good foundation for many careers.

Program Overview

If you enjoy numbers, problem-solving and analyzing data, mathematics is a major for you. You can become a financial analyst evaluating economic conditions to help a corporation make smart business decisions, or an actuary using data to predict health trends for an insurance company. Mathematicians work with chemical engineers to develop mathematical models that further research and development of products, and applied mathematicians collaborate with industrial designers to create the best aerodynamic conditions when designing airplanes, structures or cars. 

In the program, you learn about the newest technological innovations used in mathematics and learn how to communicate your research effectively. You gain knowledge and skills you can use in fields such as science, government, business and education. You choose courses in your area of interest—such as teaching, statistics or actuarial studies—and graduate prepared to pursue an advanced degree. 

The job outlook is good for mathematicians. Employment in math-related occupations is expected to grow 28 percent through 2024, which is much higher than for other occupations.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Mathematics Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in mathematics must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Calculus Sequence
Select Option A or Option B:12
Option A:
MA 141
Calculus of a Single Variable I
MA 142
Calculus of a Single Variable II
MA 241
Vector Functions and Geometry of Space
MA 242
Multivariable Calculus
Option B:
MA 151
Calculus I
MA 152
Calculus II
MA 251
Calculus III
Additional Mathematics Core Courses
MA 229Linear Algebra3
MA 301Foundations of Advanced Mathematics3
MA 321Abstract Algebra3
MA 341Advanced Calculus3
MA 490Mathematics Senior Seminar3
Select three of the following:9
MA 285
Applied Statistics
MA 300
Special Topics
MA 305
Discrete Mathematics
MA 315
Theory of Computation (CSC 315)
MA 318
Cryptography (CSC 318)
MA 361
Numerical Analysis (CSC 361)
MA 365
Ordinary Differential Equations
MA 370
Number Theory
MA 371
Mathematical Statistics and Probability I
MA 372
Mathematical Statistics and Probability II
MA 378
Mathematical Modeling
MA 400
Special Topics in Math
MA 421
Advanced Algebra
MA 441
Complex Variables
MA 451
Elements of Point-Set Topology
Total Credits36

While students must consult with their major adviser in planning a course of study, the department provides the following recommendations.

  • Students interested in teaching should consider MA 285.
  • Students interested in statistics should consider:
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    MA 378Mathematical Modeling3
  • Students interested in actuarial studies should consider:
    MA 285Applied Statistics3
    MA 361Numerical Analysis (CSC 361)3
    MA 371Mathematical Statistics and Probability I3
    MA 372Mathematical Statistics and Probability II3
    EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
    AC 211Financial Accounting3
    CSC 110Programming and Problem Solving3
    Also possibly consider:
    EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
    FIN 201Fundamentals of Financial Management3
    FIN 310Investment Analysis3

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