Bachelor of Science Degree in Science Mathematics Option - Mathematics and Statistics - Penn State Altoona

Bachelor of Science Degree in Science
Mathematics Option

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Science with a Mathematics Option is a rigorous but flexible degree program in the mathematical sciences. The degree program allows students to explore a diverse set of topics in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, physics, and the life sciences. This program provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to their study of the mathematical sciences which allows great flexibility upon entering the job market.

The official requirements and general policy for this degree can be found in the bluebook. Below is a summary of these requirements, included for orientation only.

Number of credits required for the degree: For the B.S. degree in science, a minimum of 124 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400-level.

Students must complete the requirements listed in the core curriculum and in the mathematics option. Within the 124 credits, students must also satisfy the University's requirements.

  1. First Year Seminar,
  2. Intercultural and International Competence, and
  3. Writing Across the Curriculum
  4. General Education: 45 credits (15 of these 45 credits are included in the requirements for the major). See description of General Education in front of Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin.

    Number of credits required for the major: 29 - 37 credits (This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

    Grade Requirements: if a course is marked with [1], then a student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in it, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

    Requirements for the major:

    PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
    CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2),
    BIOL 110 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

    ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
    Select 3 credits from B M B 211(3), 251(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)

    Select 6 credits of 400-level courses (Sem: 5-8)
    Select 0-8 credits in a foreign language (proficiency demonstrated by examination or course work to the level of the second semester; if fewer than 8 credits are needed to reach the required proficiency, students choose selections from program list to total 8 credits.) (Sem: 1-8)

    In order to graduate, students must

    1. complete all the course requirements,
    2. have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average,
    3. earn a C or better in BIOL 110, CHEM 12, MATH 140, and PHYS 201 (211), or 215,
    4. earn 36 of the last 60 credits required for the degree in courses offered by the University,
    5. earn the last 60 credits within a total elapsed time of five calendar years.

    Requirements for the Mathematics Option: 57-65 credits

    PRESCRIBED COURSES (5 credits)
    CSE 120(3), MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 3-6)

    ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-26 credits)
    CSE 103 GQ(4) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-6)
    MATH 230(4) or 251(4) (Sem: 3-6)
    MATH 311W(3) or CSE 260(3) STAT 301 GQ(3), 318(3) or 415(3) (Sem: 3-8)
    PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] or PHYS 215 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
    PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] or PHYS 265 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
    PHYS 213(2)/214(2) (GQ) (If taking the 211-212 sequence.)

    SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (26-39 credits) (A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
    Select 9 credits of 400-level CMPSC, CSE, MATH, or STAT courses (Sem: 5-8)
    Select 17-30 credits from program list (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

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