Majoring in Math Undergraduate Programs

Majoring in Math Undergraduate Programs

Majors have a number of choices: a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Science with honors, a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts with honors or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Emphasis in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics.

The BA requires more non-science and foreign-language courses. The BS requires more science and allows students either to take a foreign language or to substitute a foreign language alternative consisting of 12 upperclass units in an approved subject. Also, BS students may count more mathematics courses toward the degree requirements.

Both the AB and the BS require 120 credit hours, and both provide excellent preparation for graduate study or a professional career.

Graduation with honors in mathematics requires an additional advanced-level course beyond the usual requirements and either an approved course of study or an honors research project. To receive a degree with honors in mathematics, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in mathematics courses and a 3.33 GPA overall.

Double and Dual Majors
In a double-major program, a student majors in two departments within the College of Arts and Science.

To receive a double major in both Mathematics and another discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences,  a student must satisfy the requirements of both departments. In recent years, students have majored in math and physics, math and statistics, math and chemistry, and math and economics. They have received a single diploma with both majors listed.

Under the dual-degree program, a student would major in mathematics and a subject in one of the divisions other than the College of Arts and Science, and the student would receive two degrees. The dual-major program requires a minimum of 132 credit hours. The student must satisfy the requirements for both degrees. Related areas include math education, business administration and engineering.