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Bachelor of Arts 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.A. Major

Mathematics Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas: 

Math Sequence Requirement

Majors must choose 1 of the following 2-course sequences. Courses selected above may contribute to the minimum of 6 hours.

  • Probability & Mathematical Theory of Statistics. Satisfied by MATH 627 and MATH 628.
  • Geometry I & II. Satisfied by MATH 660 and MATH 661.
  • Mathematical Analysis I & II. Satisfied by MATH 765 & MATH 766.
  • Numerical Analysis I & II. Satisfied by MATH 781 & MATH 782.
  • Linear Algebra II & Modern Algebra. Satisfied by MATH 790 & MATH 791
  • Intermediate Analysis & Complex Variable and Applications. Satisfied by MATH 500 & MATH 646.
  • Applied Mathematical Statistics I & Applied Regression Analysis. Satisfied by MATH 526 & MATH 605.
  • Applied Mathematical Statistics I & Time Series Analysis. Satisfied by MATH 526 & MATH 611
  • Mathematical Models I & II. Satisfied by MATH 530 & MATH 531.
  • Elementary Number Theory & Introductory Modern Algebra. Satisfied by MATH 540 & MATH 558.
  • Introductory Modern Algebra & Algebraic Coding Theory. Satisfied by MATH 558 & MATH 601.
  • Numerical Methods & Applied Numerical Linear Algebra. Satisfied by MATH 581 & MATH 591.
  • Linear Algebra I & II. Satisfied by MATH 590 & MATH 790.
  • Complex Variable and Applications & Applied Partial Differential Equations. Satisfied by MATH 646 & MATH 647.
  • Applied Partial Differential Equations & Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations. Satisfied by MATH 647 & MATH 648.
  • Combinatorial Mathematics & Graph Theory. Satisfied by MATH 724 & MATH 725.

Math Breadth

Majors must complete a minimum of 5 mathematics courses numbered 300 and above (each at least 3 credits), excluding MATH 365, MATH 409 and MATH 410, but including the upper division courses used to satisfy the core and sequence requirements.  The goals are to gain exposure to a variety of concepts and methods in mathematics, develop abstract and critical thinking, and acquire knowledge to prepare for a career using mathematics, further study of mathematics, or interdisciplinary work involving mathematics.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for math.

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