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Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

In addition to the common core mathematics coursework expected of all mathematical sciences majors, students earning a Bachelor of Science must complete:

    • the second semester or higher of a modern language
    • PHYS 1220 Physics with Calculus I
    • a two-semester sequence in a natural science with labs
    • MATH 4000 Theory of Probability
    • MATH 4400 Linear Programming
    • MATH 4540 Advanced Calculus II
    • an emphasis area or concentration, as described below.

Students are encouraged to select an emphasis area no later than spring semester of their sophomore year. Until an emphasis area is declared, students are considered "Undeclared" and are assigned to general academic advisers within the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The Undergraduate Announcements are the final word in degree requirements, but we provide course flowcharts for planning purposes. Some emphasis areas require specific course selections for general education requirements, so students who are considering a particular emphasis area may wish to consult the course flowchart for that area even before they declare the emphasis. Students may change emphasis areas partway through the degree, but should be aware that doing so might increase time to degree, depending on how much area-specific coursework remains to be completed.
Course Flowchart (Undeclared) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Undeclared) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Abstract Mathematics

The abstract mathematics option places a strong emphasis on core and advanced mathematics courses such as real and complex analysis, number theory, abstract algebra, topology and combinatorics. Students from this emphasis area are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, including funded summer research experiences for undergraduates. Industrial opportunities particularly well-suited to this emphasis area include jobs in communications, coding theory, cryptography, and national security. Pure mathematics is the backbone of the sciences and many students in this emphasis area tailor their senior-level course selections to provide a strong preparation for graduate studies in mathematics or related disciplines. 
Course Flowchart (Abstract Mathematics) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Abstract Mathematics) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Applied and Computational Mathematics

This emphasis area focuses on modeling real-world problems, which includes generating systems of equations that model (describe) the problem, and also solving such systems with state-of-the-art techniques. Application areas abound and include, for example, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, geology, biology, large scale computing, and even finance. Many of the applications from this area involve using numerical techniques to solve differential equations and large systems of (sometimes nonlinear) equations. Students select an application area in consultation with their academic adviser, then tailor their coursework to explore the mathematics of that application area. Students from this emphasis area often participate in one or more funded summer research experiences for undergraduates. Graduates find employment throughout both government and private sector jobs, and many go on to pursue graduate degrees in applied and/or computational mathematics and computational science.
Course Flowchart (Applied and Computational Mathematics) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Applied and Computational Mathematics) 2016-2017

Biology Concentration

The biology concentration is designed specifically to prepare students for success in medical school and in combined Ph.D./M.D. programs. The curriculum was developed to promote strong quantitative and reasoning skills, along with the scientific literacy necessary to succeed in medical professions and research. It is recommended that students intending to complete the biology concentration in four years start their concentration coursework as freshmen.
Course Flowchart (Biology Concentration) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Biology Concentration) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics

This emphasis area centers around the identification, quantification, and mitigation of risk in both insurance and banking. Students who intend to become actuaries can complete the coursework to earn three validation through educational experience exam credits. Optional coursework prepares them for an additional two actuarial exams. Students in this emphasis area often complete one or more paid internships before graduation. Industry jobs are typically in insurance or finance, but students completing this emphasis area are also well-prepared for graduate school in applied and financial mathematics. Students planning to complete this emphasis area should pay careful attention to specific course selection for general education requirements.
Course Flowchart (Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Computer Science

Students in this area earn a minor in computer science, and many choose to complete a full dual degree. The specific coursework in computer science can be tailored to support the mathematical interests of the student.  Paid summer research experiences and internships are both available, and jobs that naturally result include not only information technology, but also analytic positions in nearly every industry. Students completing the emphasis in computer science are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science.
Course Flowchart (Computer Science) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Computer Science) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Operations Research and Management Science

This area involves building mathematical models that are used to decide, when faced with a complicated decision problem, what is the best solution among all feasible solutions.  Operations research (OR) is used to solve quantitative problems arising in business, industry, government, and even sports: several recent majors have tailored this emphasis area into a study of sports analytics. Students from this emphasis area frequently participate in one or more funded summer research experiences for undergraduates. Paid summer and academic-year internships are also a popular choice. Jobs for graduates include not only industrial and sports analysis positions, but also planning and operations positions in both the government and private sector. Students from this emphasis area also frequently go on to graduate school in applied mathematics.
Course Flowchart (Operations Research and Management Science) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Operations Research and Management Science) 2016-2017

Emphasis in Statistics

Statistics has been described as the science of extracting information from data and measuring the associated uncertainty. In this emphasis area, students learn both the theoretical foundations and also the applications of statistics to diverse areas such as epidemiology, finance, climate science, genetics, politics, and the social sciences. Students in this emphasis area often find funded opportunities for both summer research and internships. Jobs arising naturally from an emphasis in statistics include analysis positions in both government and the private sector. Common employers include the U.S. Census Bureau, Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, and research labs. Many students also go on to graduate studies in mathematics and statistics.
Course Flowchart (Statistics) 2015-2016
Course Flowchart (Statistics) 2016-2017

If you have any questions about undergraduate classes or degree programs in Mathematical Sciences, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator at