The mathematics department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Bachelor of Science

Students interested in pursuing a career in mathematics or science should enroll in the Bachelor of Science program.

Requirements: 10 mathematics courses beyond the introductory year of calculus, including the following:
MATH 211 Calculus III
MATH 212 Differential Equations
MATH 245 Linear Algebra
MATH 280 Logic, Sets and Proofs
MATH 308 Real Analysis I
MATH 320 Abstract Algebra I
Four other 300- or 400-level mathematics electives.

Plus:
Physics 211 and 212
Two additional laboratory science courses
A culminating experience

Bachelor of Arts

Students with strong interests outside of science and mathematics might prefer the Bachelor of Arts program.

Requirements: 8 mathematics courses beyond the introductory year of calculus, including the following:
MATH 211 Calculus III
MATH 245 Linear Algebra
MATH 280 Logic, Sets and Proofs
MATH 308 Real Analysis I
MATH 320 Abstract Algebra I
Three 300- or 400-level mathematics electives

Plus: One related course, which may be a fourth 300- or 400-level mathematics course or any course in which mathematics plays a significant role at a reasonable level of sophistication. The mathematics department maintains a list of all acceptable courses.
A culminating experience (which may double count as the related course.

Concentration Areas

In either the B.S. or B.A. program it is possible to obtain a designation on the transcript indicating a Concentration in Pure Mathematics or a Concentration in Statistics by choosing electives appropriately.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences

This program is for students who want a strong background in applied mathematics or statistics and are interested in applying these tools in a field outside of mathematics.

Requirements: 10 mathematics courses beyond the introductory year of calculus, a computing course, five courses in a different program, and a Culminating Experience.

Core Courses:
MATH 211 Calculus III
MATH 216 Statistics I
MATH 245 Linear Algebra
MATH 280 Logic, Sets and Proofs
MATH 303 Probability
MATH 308 Real Analysis I

Statistics Concentration:
MATH 217 Statistics II
Three electives chosen from MATH 305, MATH 307, MATH 345, MATH 404, or MATH 409. At least two of them from MATH 305, MATH 307, or MATH 404.

Applied Mathematics Concentration:
MATH 212 Differential Equations
Three electives chosen from MATH 343, MATH 345, MATH 350, MATH 358, MATH 362, or MATH 409.

Plus:
A computing course which may be a computer science course at or above the 200-level.

Outside Coursework:
For the purpose of completing a coherent sequence of courses that provide a solid introduction to the discipline all students must partner with a department or program in a discipline that applies statistics or mathematics. A minimum of five courses chosen in consultation with the mathematics department advisor and the outside department or program is required.

Plus:
A culminating experience.

Economics and Mathematics

Students with a strong interest in economics and mathematics can consider the ECMA B.S. major from the Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics program.

Mathematics Education Certification

Students interested in teaching mathematics at the middle school or high school level may choose to pursue the PA Certification to teach Secondary Mathematics (Grades 7-12).

Requirements: Students earn Pennsylvania Secondary Teacher Certification by selecting their 200-, 300- and 400-level electives appropriately to fulfill the requirements for a BA or BS in mathematics, taking courses in the Education Department, and satisfying state minimums on the PRAXIS exams. Read more about the courses to fulfill the requirement for secondary certification in mathematics.

Mathematics Minor

Students may complete a minor in mathematics by taking either:

  • four courses numbered 211 or higher, one of which must be at the 300- or 400-level, or
  • three courses numbered 211 or higher, two of which must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Students with an appropriate selection of courses may receive a minor designated as statistics or applied mathematics/modeling. For more information about the requirements for a minor go to the Course Catalog.

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