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Undergraduate Program

BS in Mathematics

General Description

The mathematics department offers a bachelors degree in mathematics. The BS in mathematics provides students with a solid background in mathematics and the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of mathematics.

Mathematics can also be studied in preparation for more advanced work in a variety of fields including pure mathematics, applied mathematics, operations research, statistics, scientific computing, and business administration. Many students choose to combine a major in mathematics with a major in a second field such as business administration, computer science, engineering, or physics. A strong background in mathematics can be very helpful preparation for graduate work in these fields.

Students majoring in mathematics have a number of opportunities to interact with faculty and participate in a variety of mathematical activities. There are opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects with faculty. Many undergrad students are employed by the department as graders and lab facilitators. Students also participate in the William Lowell Putnam mathematics competition and the COMAP contest in mathematical modeling.

Five-Year Bachelor's/Masters in Mathematics

Program Description and Requirements

The five‐year mathematics BS/MS program provides the student the opportunity to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mathematics in five years. A minimum of 150 total credit hours are required to complete the dual degree program.

Students should apply to the program before their seventh semester. Admission is contingent on academic performance and acceptance of a proposed course of study. Graduate status is granted upon completion of the general requirements for the bachelor’s degree in mathematics or one of its options with a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average. The master’s degree is granted upon completion of the requirements of the master’s degree program.

The student will work with a professor in the Mathematics Department who will assist the student in developing the course of study and advise the student on their master’s thesis or independent study.