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)

    SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6-14 credits)
    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)

    Suggested Schedule

    First Semester

    CourseCredits
    Math 1404
    Chemistry 123
    Chemistry 141
    Foreign Language I4
    English 153
    Freshman Seminar1
    Total Semester Credits16

    Second Semester

    CourseCredits
    Math 1414
    Chemistry 133
    Chemistry 151
    Foreign Language II4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Health/Physical Activity1.6
    Total Semester Credits16.5

    Third Semester

    CourseCredits
    Math 2202
    Math 230 or 2514
    Biol 1104
    CSE 103 or CMPSC 201C3 or 4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Total Semester Credits16-17

    Fourth Semester

    CourseCredits
    Math 311W3
    BMB 211, 251, or MICRB 2013
    CSE 1203
    English 202C3
    Supporting Course3
    Health/Physical Activity1.5
    Total Semester Credits16.5

    Fifth Semester

    CourseCredits
    400-Level Math3
    Physics 211 or 2154
    SPCOM 1003
    Supporting Course3 or 4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Total Semester Credits16-17

    Sixth Semester

    CourseCredits
    Math 4143
    Physics 212 or 2654
    Supporting Course3 or 4
    Supporting Course3 or 4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Total Semester Credits16-18

    Seventh Semester

    CourseCredits
    400-Level Math3
    400-Level Course3
    Supporting Course3 or 4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Physics 213/2143
    Total Semester Credits15-16

    Eighth Semester

    CourseCredits
    400-Level Math3
    400-Level Course3
    Supporting Course3 or 4
    Arts, Humanity or Soc. Sci.3
    Total Semester Credits12-13

    A minimum of 120 credits is required.

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