Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics Major (BA)

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Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of differential, integral and multivariable calculus, and be able to apply these concepts to a variety of problems.
  2. Demonstrate a solid understanding of vector calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, higher level algebra and analysis, and be able to apply these concepts to a variety of problems.
  3. Be able to think analytically and critically and to formulate problems, solve them, and interpret their solutions.
  4. Achieve an understanding of the nature of proof, in particular should demonstrate a good understanding of rigorous mathematical proof (reading and writing), and apply reasoning based on definitions, axioms, theorems and induction.
  5. Communicate effectively in writing.
  6. Have experience applying knowledge from one branch of mathematics to another and from mathematics to other disciplines.

University Graduation Requirements

Transfer Policy

Biology, chemistry, physics, and math transfer courses will be accepted to fill specific degree requirements only with a grade of C or better.

Mathematics Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

 (see note 1 below)

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-40 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

 (see note 2 below)

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics -Credits: 4

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 18

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Two 3-credit courses in the humanities and one 3-credit course in fine arts.
  • Social Science: 9 credits
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking :
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Major Requirements - BA in Mathematics - Subtotal: 50 Credits

General Electives - Credits: 30-33

Total Credits: 120


  1. Every student will be encouraged to take the GRE Advanced Test in Mathematics.
  2. It is strongly recommended that students take SCI 101 to satisfy the First Year Seminar requirement.
  3.  MATH 303  , MATH 457  are milestone courses for Mathematics B.A.

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