Mathematics (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (MATHBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Mathematics

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics is designed for students wishing to obtain a broad yet substantial background in mathematics as well as general education. The Bachelor of Arts covers a wide variety of topics such as algebra, geometry, and probability. This breadth is particularly well-suited for students preparing for secondary certification in mathematics.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/BS-MA Option in Mathematics

Students must apply for admission to the program no later than the end of the junior year and must have completed MATH 205MATH 206MATH 301, and MATH 325, or equivalent courses, prior to application.

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and minimum GPA of 3.66 in mathematics courses. As part of the combined degree, students must complete MATH 405 and at least four (4) of the following: MATH 501MATH 502MATH 521MATH 522MATH 561MATH 562, or MATH 581, including at least one sequence from among these courses.

The student may take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Mathematics. All 600-level courses numbered 689 or below qualify, as do 500-level courses when completed in accord with the stipulations for graduate credit outlined in the syllabus.


Early Start Program (Jointly with the College of Education and Human Development)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in conjunction with the undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics offers a comprehensive and professionally-focused program leading to an additional degree of MAT Middle or Secondary Education. This early start program enables superior students to receive two degrees within five years. A total of 148 credits are required for the dual degrees: 121 credits of coursework devoted toward the baccalaureate degree and 36 credits toward the MAT, with nine hours double-counted. This program will be available for students who are entering their junior year. They may take graduate level courses in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in their 4th year of study.

The current qualifications for the joint degree program have been agreed upon by discipline faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The criteria vary by discipline. Students enrolling in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students. All interested students must submit an application to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) MAT program and meet the admission criteria.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Mathematics requires the following:

  • enrollment in a mathematics course beyond MATH 205;
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; and
  • a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on all courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA/BS-MA Option in Mathematics

Students must apply for admission to the program no later than the end of the junior year and must have completed MATH 205MATH 206MATH 301, and MATH 325, or equivalent courses, prior to application.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Calculus I - QR
One of the following:
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Introductory Laboratories I - SL
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Unity of Life - S
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Mathematics Department
MATH 205Calculus I - QR 44
MATH 206Calculus II4
MATH 301Calculus III4
MATH 311Introduction to Higher Math3
MATH 325Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 387Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 501Introduction to Analysis I 3
MATH 521Modern Algebra I 3
MATH 550Advanced Euclidean Geometry3
or MATH 551 Geometry
MATH 560Statistical Data Analysis 3
or MATH 561 Probability
Mathematics electives chosen in consultation with departmental advisor3
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following sequences: 7-10
Sequence One:
Introductory Laboratories I - SL 4
Introductory Laboratories II - SL
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light 4
Sequence Two:
General Chemistry I - S 4
General Chemistry II - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis III
Sequence Three:
Unity of Life - S 4
Diversity of Life
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL 4
Elective in second science discipline3
Electives in Natural Sciences, other than Mathematics5-8
Electives
Minimum Electives 514
Minimum Total Hours68

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Mathematics courses at the 100 level do not count toward hours in the major. 

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

A minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 311 or higher must be successfully completed in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Louisville. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
MATH 501Introduction to Analysis I 3
or MATH 521 Modern Algebra I

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
MATH 311 Introduction to Higher Math 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
MATH 325 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
MATH 387 Discrete Mathematics 3
First portion of chosen Natural Science Sequence 3-5
Foreign Language 4 or General Elective 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15-17
Spring
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science Elective (not from chosen sequence) (also fulfills General Education/Cardinal Core Natural Science Requirement - S) 3
Second portion of chosen Natural Science Sequence (also fulfills General Education/Cardinal Core Natural Science with Lab Requirement - S+SL or B) 4-5
MATH 550
Advanced Euclidean Geometry
or Geometry
3
MATH 560
Statistical Data Analysis
or Probability
3
 Hours16-17
Year 4
Fall
MATH 501 Introduction to Analysis I 3
MATH 521 Modern Algebra I 3
Natural Science Elective (non-Math) 3-4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
Math Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours122-129

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