Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Programs Offered
  • Mathematics (majors and minor)
  • Applied Mathematics (major)
  • Data Analytics (minor)

The Mathematics Department at Seattle Pacific University seeks to provide excellent instruction to enable you to be competent in the mathematics required for your chosen field, and to share our expertise with the community through service and leadership.

Find out more about this department’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Mathematics (BA)


This major is not accepting new admits as of Summer 2024.

The BA in Mathematics is designed to provide you with a good general background in mathematics.  As a mathematics major, you will learn analytical skills that can be used in a wide variety of fields.

  • A minimum 64 credits are required for this major, including 35 upper-division credits.
  • This BA is an excellent background for students interested in mathematics as a liberal arts major and for those who wish to teach mathematics at the secondary level. 
  • If you are pursuing an endorsement in Secondary Education, you must take MAT 3401 and either MAT 3333 or MAT 3360 as part of the mathematics elective credits for the BA. 
  • A maximum of 2 credits in MAT 4930 may be applied.

Mathematics (BS)


This major is not accepting new admits as of Summer 2024.

The BS in Mathematics is designed to prepare you for graduate work or a professional career in mathematics.

  • A minimum 72 credits are required for this major, including a minimum of 40 upper-division credits.
  • 15 credits in related, approved courses in which mathematics is applied are also required. 
  • Courses MAT 4363 and MAT 4830 are strongly recommended for the BS. 
  • You must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA for all mathematics courses to earn the BS in Mathematics. 

Applied Mathematics (BS)


The BS in Applied Mathematics is a flexible, yet demanding, major designed for students interested in careers involving the applications of mathematics in a particular field.

In addition to completing coursework in mathematics, you must select a field of concentration in which mathematics is applied, and complete coursework in both fields. Example programs of study can be found on the Mathematics Department website.

  • A total 78 credits are required for this major, including courses in mathematics and computer science, and a minimum of 20 credits in an applied field.
  • A minimum 47 upper-division credits are required, including 27 in mathematics and 20 in the applied field.
  • Courses MAT 3237, 3238 and 3360 are strongly recommended as part of the upper-division electives for the BS in Applied Mathematics.
  • CSC 2430 may replace CSC 2230 for students emphasizing computing in their applied field.
  • All upper-division elective courses for the major must be approved by the Mathematics Department. In consultation with your faculty advisor, you must submit an individual plan specifying your field of concentration and listing the upper-division elective courses you intend to take. This plan should be submitted and approved before you have completed more than two of your upper-division elective courses in either Mathematics or the applied field.
  • At least three of your upper-division courses in the applied field should be mathematically oriented.

Note: Upper-division courses in the applied field will typically have lower-division prerequisites not listed in the credit total. Depending on the choice of concentration, you may have as many as 25 credits of necessary lower-division course work outside the major.

Mathematics minor


If you intend to minor in Mathematics, begin with the calculus series: MAT 1234, MAT 1235, and MAT 1236, which are prerequisite to most upper-division courses.

  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Prerequisite courses such as MAT 2360, MAT 2401, and MAT 2720 may be required.

Data Analytics minor


Data analytics (DA) uses data-driven techniques to transform raw data into useful information — information that may be used to identify and solve problems, evaluate claims and make inferences, and influence human decisions and machine models. Learn more about this 30-credit interdisciplinary minor.

Entering and completing a major or minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified a major in this department as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change to or add a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

Future teachers

Elementary Teacher Certification

If you plan to obtain Residency Teacher Certification (K–8) and are interested in mathematics, you must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in mathematics.

  • This concentration consists of courses in calculus, algebra, geometry, and statistics.
  • The advisor for the mathematics concentration is Professor Kara Gray (

Secondary Teachers Certification

If you plan to obtain secondary (high school) Residency Teacher Certification with endorsement in mathematics, you should pursue a BA in Mathematics, and you must also complete Requirements for Secondary Certification through the School of Education.

If you intend to become a teacher, visit the School of Education for complete information.

Incoming students

High school preparation

Three years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry, are required for all students entering one of the degree programs. However, if you intend to make mathematics your career, you are urged to take a minimum of four years of high school mathematics.

Students deficient in their high school mathematics preparation must take the appropriate courses below the calculus level in consultation with the Mathematics Department to make up the deficiency before starting one of the math degree programs.

Advanced Placement

Check the AP, Cambridge International, and IB transfer chart to see how your test scores may count toward mathematics course requirements.

Mathematics placement

Appropriate placement into mathematics courses depends upon your intended major, as well as eligibility criteria. See Mathematics Placement for details.