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 if admitted to the university prior to Fall 2019.

  • 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 300-level or 400-level MTH or STAT courses   (6-8 credits)

In addition to meeting the University degree requirements, the major in mathematics must complete the following requirements if admitted to the university for Fall 2019 or after.

  • 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 255, Calculus V   (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 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 300-level or 400-level 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, 463, 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.