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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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Mathematics Programs

Separate programs lead to the B.A. in mathematics and the B.S. in mathematics. The B.A. has fewer mathematics course requirements and more general education requirements. The B.S. requires more mathematics courses, an applied mathematics concentration, and fewer general education courses. Students wishing to attend graduate school in mathematics or to pursue a career that makes substantial use of mathematics (as an actuary, for example) should get a B.S. in mathematics. Many students majoring in mathematics are interested in a liberal arts degree; such students may want to consider the B.A. in mathematics. Students who wish to teach mathematics in high school should pursue a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics while participating in the UKanTeach program.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

First- and Second-Year Preparation 18 hours
Core Requirements 12-13 hours
  • Linear Algebra: MATH 590 Linear Algebra (3) or
    MATH 790 Linear Algebra II (3)
  • Analysis: MATH 500 Intermediate Analysis (3) or
    MATH 765 Mathematical Analysis I (3)
  • Algebra: MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3) or
    MATH 791 Modern Algebra (3)
  • Statistics: MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) or
    MATH 628 Mathematical Theory of Statistics (3) or
    MATH 728 Statistical Theory (3) or DSCI 301 Statistics (4)
Mathematics Concentration/Sequence Requirements 6-12 hours
  • One 2-course sequence from List A and a second 2-course sequence from either List A or List B
Electives 0-6 hours
  • Up to 2 additional 3-credit-hour courses to complete a total of 24 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered MATH 450 and above. Students who satisfy the core statistics requirement with DSCI 301 must choose an additional 3-credit-hour elective.
Applied Concentration 8 hours
  • 3 courses, totaling at least 8 credit hours, that make significant use of mathematics. At least 2 courses must be in the same area. Courses from List C have been approved for this requirement. Other upper-division courses making significant use of mathematics can be used for the applied concentration with the approval of a mathematics department adviser.

Note: Many of these courses have prerequisites that do not count toward the mathematics major.

Minimum Major Requirements

42 hours

Applied Concentration

8 hours

General Education Requirements 49-49 hours
  • English, Argument and Reason, and Western Civilization (18) (These are the same as the requirements for the B.A. degree.)
  • Computer Science: EECS 138 (3) or EECS 168 (4)
  • Natural Science: 1 course with laboratory (4-5 hours) and one additional course (3-5 hours) in biological science (NB), earth science (NE), or physical science (NP) (7-10)
  • Humanities and Foreign Language: 4 courses in humanities and foreign language, at least two (6 hours) of which must be in humanities (designated H). Students are encouraged to complete at least two courses in a foreign language (12)
  • Social Sciences: 2 courses designated S (6)

List A Sequences

List B Sequences

  • MATH 500 Intermediate Analysis (3) and MATH 646 Complex Variable and Applications (3)
  • MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) and MATH 605 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) and MATH 611 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 530 Mathematical Models I (3) and MATH 531 Mathematical Models II (3)
  • MATH 540 Elementary Number Theory (3) and MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3)
  • MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3) and MATH 601 Algebraic Coding Theory (3)
  • MATH 581 Numerical Methods (3) and MATH 591 Applied Numerical Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 590 Linear Algebra (3) and MATH 790 Linear Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 646 Complex Variable and Applications (3) and MATH 647 Applied Partial Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 647 Applied Partial Differential Equations (3) and MATH 648 Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations (3)
  • MATH 724 Combinatorial Mathematics (3) and MATH 725 Graph Theory (3)

List C Applied Concentration Courses

Note: Some courses satisfying the sequence requirements are taught infrequently. More advanced courses can be substituted for lower level courses in many cases. Consult the mathematics department for expected course offerings and substitutions.

Courses used to satisfy the core requirements can also be used to complete List A and List B sequences. However, courses used for the Applied Concentration requirement cannot also be counted toward the 24 credit hours of advanced mathematics courses for the B.S. degree.

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