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Admission to the Major 
A student interested in majoring in mathematics needs to have a GPA of 2.5 or above in 15 credits of mathematics which apply to the major and must submit a major application form to a member of the mathematics faculty. 

B.A. in Mathematics
The bachelor of arts degree is designed for students interested in mathematics as a liberal arts major and those planning to teach mathematics in secondary schools.

This major requires a total of 60 credits in mathematics, including 39 upper-division credits.

B.S. in Mathematics
The bachelor of science degree is designed for students planning graduate work or professional careers in mathematics. 

This major requires a total of 67 credits in mathematics, including 46 upper-division credits. In addition, fifteen credits in related approved courses in which mathematics is applied are also required. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained for all mathematics courses. Students planning graduate work in mathematics are strongly advised to take further work in real analysis in their upper-division program and to acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian. 

Courses Required (number of credits listed) B.A. B.S.
MAT 1234 Calculus I 5 5
MAT 1235 Calculus II 5 5
MAT 1236 Calculus III 5 5
MAT 2401 Linear Algebra 3 3
MAT 2720 Discrete Mathematics 3 3
MAT 3237 Differential Equations 3 3
MAT 3238 Vector Calculus 3 3
MAT 3360 Probability and Statistics for Math and Science 5 5
MAT 3441 Axiomatic Geometry
       or MAT 3443 Transformational Geometry
3 -
MAT 3749 Introduction to Analysis 5 5
MAT 4402 Modern Algebra I 3 3
MAT 3751 Real Analysis II
       or MAT 4403 Modern Algebra II
3 6*
MAT 4610 Evolution of Mathematical Thought 3 -
MAT 4899 Senior Capstone Seminar 3 3
Additional credits in courses numbered 3000-4999
       (A maximum of 3 credits in MAT 4930 may be applied.)
8 18**

Students earning a B.A. and pursuing an endorsement in secondary education must take MAT 3401 as 3 of the additional credits.

* Both MAT 3751 and MAT 4403 are required for the B.S. degree.

** Courses MAT 4363 and MAT 4830 are strongly recommended.

Some courses are only offered every other year, so good planning is recommended. Look at the Course Schedule page to see which courses are typically offered each quarter.  Sample schedules are also available to show how a typical mathematics major might plan her/his course of study:


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