# BS/BA in Mathematics

The degree program requires a basic core of courses (43-44 credits) and elective courses (18-21 credits). This structure gives flexibility to the program allowing students to pursue special areas of interest in mathematics. The program is designed to provide a foundation for more advanced work and/or a basis for employment in government, industry, or secondary education.

In addition to meeting the University degree requirements, the major in mathematics must complete the following requirements.

- MTH 251, 252, 253 Calculus I, II, III (12 credits)
- MTH 261, Introduction to Linear Algebra (4 credits)
- MTH 254, Calculus IV (4 credits)
- MTH 256, Differential Equations (4 credits)
- MTH 271 or CS 161 (4 credits)
- MTH 311, 312, Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I, II (8 credits)
- MTH 344, Group Theory (4 credits)
- One of the following: MTH 338, Modern College Geometry, MTH 345, Ring and Field Theory, MTH 346, Number Theory, or MTH 444, Advanced Linear/Multilinear Algebra (3-4 credits)
- One approved two-term 400-level MTH or STAT sequence (6 credits)
- Two additional approved 400-level MTH or STAT courses (6-7 credits)
- Two additional approved MTH or STAT courses (6-8 credits)

In addition to the specific required courses listed above, the following options are intended to help the student plan a program of study with a specific goal or career in mind.

**Option I** - **Applied Mathematics.** Recommended electives: MTH 322, 421, 422, 424, 425, 427, 428, 430, 451, 452, 457, 458, 470, 477, 478.

**Option II - Graduate School Preparation.** Recommended electives: MTH 411, 412, 434, 435, 436, 441, 442.

**Option III - Statistics.** Recommended electives: STAT 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468.

**Option IV - High School Teaching.** Recommended electives: MTH 338, 346, 356, 486, 488; Stat 461, 462; ED 420.

**Option V - Actuarial Sciences.** Recommended electives: CS 161; MTH 451, 452; STAT 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468.

All courses used to satisfy the departmental major requirements, whether taken in the department or elsewhere, must be graded C-, P, or above, but no more than 4 courses graded P will count toward these requirements. Transfer students majoring in mathematics are required to take a minimum of 15 credits of PSU upper-division mathematics or statistics courses in residence.