Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Speak the language of science.

Professor standing in front of chalkboard with numerical expressions written on it; class in foreground.

“Math ideas have been leveraged to profound effect in many fields, putting you at the forefront. UM provides a welcoming and supportive learning environment.”

Samuel Watson (B.S. in Math and Physics, B.A. in Classics ‘08)

Faculty, Brown University

About this Program

The Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.S. in Mathematics. Math majors study numbers, solve problems, think critically, and become proficient in the underlying language that flows through all of the sciences. 

Students in the B.S. degree may choose an optional emphasis in statistics. 

B.S. vs B.A. Degree

Students can choose between the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree provides in-depth training in pure, discrete, or applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics and computer science, or finance and actuarial science. It is devised for students to pursue graduate training in mathematics or to undertake careers in mathematically oriented professions.  
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree has a deeper and wider general education foundation and allows for greater compatibility with other areas of study. It has a required minor field of study or double major. 

The Value of a Mathematics Degree

Students who major in mathematics are analytical thinkers who can solve problems in creative ways. They gain a broad knowledge of both theoretical and applied mathematics, and gain facility in the use of technology that can transfer their knowledge easily to other areas of inquiry.

Related careers in mathematics include:

  • research
  • information technology
  • engineering
  • finance
  • actuaries
  • accounting
  • banking
  • health
  • statistical analysts
  • national intelligence
  • education
  • law

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology


    4 Years


    B.S. in Mathematics

    Program Location




    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    Find information on the math major and minor below. For more information see the online catalog


    To enroll in Calculus I, the first course of the math major or minor, students must meet one of these prerequisites:

    ACT mathematics score of 24 or higher (SATR 580)
    ALEKS online math placement test score of 76 or higher
    Grade of A or B in M
    ath 121 and 123 (Algebra and Trig)
    Grade of A or B in Math 125 (Basic Math for Science and Engineering)

    Students in the B.S. in Mathematics program complete 42 credit hours of courses.

    • Math 261: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 
    • Math 262: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
    • Math 263: Unified Calculus & Analytical Geometry III
    • Math 264: Unified Calculus & Analytical Geometry IV
    • Math 305: Foundations
    • Math 319: Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • Math 525: Modern Algebra I
    • Math 555: Advanced Calculus I

    1 of the following two-course sequences:

    • Math 555 and Math 556: Advanced Calculus I and II
    • Math 525 and Math 526: Modern Algebra I and II
    • Math 301 and Math 401: Discrete Math and Combinatorics
    • Math 353 and Math 454: Elementary and Intermediate Differential Equations
    • Math 375 and Math 475: Statistics

    1 computer programming course:

    • Csci 111: Computer Science I
    • Csci 251: Programming for Engineering and Sciences
    • Csci 256: Programming in Python
    • Csci 259: Programming in C++

    3 math electives:

    • Math 301: Discrete Mathematics
    • Math 302: Applied Modern Algebra
    • Math 319: Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • Math 353: Elementary Differential Equations
    • Math 368: Introduction to Operations Research
    • Math 375: Introduction to Statistics I
    • Math 380: Statistical Computing and Data Analysis
    • Math 390: Techniques in Teaching Sec. Level Math
    • Math 397: Special Problems
    • Math 401: Combinatorics
    • Math 425: Introduction to Abstract Algebra
    • Math 454: Intermediate Differential Equations
    • Math 459: Introduction to Complex Analysis
    • Math 461: Numerical Mathematical Analysis I
    • Math 462: Numerical Mathematical Analysis II
    • Math 464: Introduction to Dynamics and Chaos
    • Math 475: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
    • Math 480: Introduction to Actuarial Science
    • Math 501: General Topology I
    • Math 502: General Topology II
    • Math 513: Theory of Numbers I
    • Math 514: Theory of Numbers II
    • Math 519: Matrices
    • Math 520: Linear Algebra
    • Math 526: Introduction to Abstract Algebra II
    • Math 533: Topics in Euclidean Geometry
    • Math 537: Non-Euclidean Geometry
    • Math 540: History of Mathematics
    • Math 545: Topics for Secondary School Teachers
    • Math 556: Advanced Calculus II
    • Math 564: Introduction to Dynamical Systems I
    • Math 565: Introduction to Dynamical Systems II
    • Math 567: Introduction to Functional Analysis I
    • Math 568: Introduction to Functional Analysis II
    • Math 572: Introduction to Probability & Statistics
    • Math 573: Applied Probability
    • Math 574: Probability
    • Math 575: Mathematical Statistics I
    • Math 576: Mathematical Statistics II
    • Math 577: Applied Stochastic Processes
    • Math 578: Stochastic Processes
    • Math 590: Techniques in Teaching College Math
    • Math 597: Special Problems I
    • Math 598: Special Problems II
    • Math 599: Special Problems III

    A minor in math consists of:

    • Math 261: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry I  OR Math 271: Calculus of Decision Making I
    • Math 262: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
    • Math 263: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry III
    • Math 264: Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry IV

    And one course at the 300 level or above.


    Connect with a Mathematics Student


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    What can I do with a math degree?

    • Fraud Team Manager, Barclays Bank
    • Assistant US Attorney, US Department of Justice
    • CEO, Peoples Bank
    • Cybersecurity Analyst, FedEx
    • President, Bickerstaff Actuarial Consultants
    • Faculty, UM Medical Center
    • Analyst, National Security Agency
    • Head Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare
    • Math Teacher, Vicksburg High School
    • Senior Vice President, Bank of America
    • Faculty, Duke University
    • President, MS Delta Community College
    • Research Scientist, Veteran's Administration
    • Senior Actuary, Willis Towers Watson
    • Optometrist, Visions Optique & Eyecare
    • Executive Director, Math Association of America

    Optional Minor

    Students in the Bachelor of Science degree in math may select an optional minor to combine their study of math with many other subjects based on their interests and career goals.

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