Mathematics (BS)

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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 Science in Mathematics (MATHBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: 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
(7-10 hours of General Education requirements may be satisfied through coursework required by the degree program)
College/School Requirements 113-15
Program/Major Requirements 168-70
Track Requirements 122-23
Minimum Total Hours122-125

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 149-152 credits are required for the dual degrees: 122-125 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 BS in Mathematics requires 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.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Calculus I - QR
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S
General Chemistry I - S
Unity of Life - S
Introductory Laboratories I - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed on the Overview tab, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 26-8
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences, at the 300 level or above 36
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Mathematics Department 5,6
MATH 205Calculus I - QR 74
MATH 206Calculus II4
MATH 301Calculus III4
MATH 311Introduction to Higher Math3
MATH 325Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 387Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 405Differential Equations3
MATH 501Introduction to Analysis I 3
MATH 502Introduction to Analysis II3
MATH 521Modern Algebra I 3
MATH 522Modern Algebra II3
MATH 561Probability3
Select four courses from the following:12
Numerical Analysis
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis
Complex Analysis I
Complex Analysis II
Modeling I
Modeling II
Advanced Euclidean Geometry
Geometry
Mathematical Statistics
Introduction to Graph Theory
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following sequences: 78-10
Sequence One:
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Introductory Laboratories I - SL
Introductory Laboratories II - SL
Sequence Two:
General Chemistry I - S
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
Diversity of Life
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL
Elective in second science discipline 73
CECS 130Introduction to Programming Languages 83
Elective in Natural Sciences (other than Mathematics) 93
Minimum Electives 100
Minimum Total Hours68-70

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

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

Program/Major requirements and Supporting Courses for Track in Actuarial Science are articulated on the Track Requirements tab.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Introduction to Analysis I
Modern Algebra I

Track Requirements

Track in Actuarial Science

Mathematics Department 1,2
MATH 205Calculus I - QR 34
MATH 206Calculus II4
MATH 301Calculus III4
MATH 311Introduction to Higher Math3
MATH 325Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 387Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 405Differential Equations3
MATH 501Introduction to Analysis I 3
MATH 560Statistical Data Analysis 3
MATH 561Probability3
MATH 562Mathematical Statistics3
MATH 570Foundations of Actuarial Science3
MATH 572Theory of Interest3
MATH 573Actuarial Models I3
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following sequences: 34-5
Sequence One:
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S
Introductory Laboratories I - SL
Sequence Two:
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Sequence Three:
Biology: Current Issues and Applications - S
Laboratory for Biology: Current Issues and Applications - SL
Elective in second science discipline 33
CIS 300Computer Information Systems 43
ECON 380Introduction to Econometrics 43
FIN 301Corporate Finance 43
FIN 401Investments 43
Minimum Total Hours64-65

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

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

Flight Plan


Mathematics

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 Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
MATH 311 Introduction to Higher Math 3
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
MATH 325 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Math Elective 3
MATH 405 Differential Equations 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
MATH 387 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 501
Introduction to Analysis I
or Modern Algebra I
3
MATH 561 Probability 3
First portion of chosen Natural Science sequence 3-5
 Hours15-17
Spring
Second portion of chosen Natural Science sequence (also fulfills portion of Gen Ed Natural Science requirement - S/SL/B) 4-5
Natural Science Elective (not from chosen sequence) (also fulfills portion of Gen Ed Natural Science requirement - S) 3
Math Elective 3
MATH 502
Introduction to Analysis II
or Modern Algebra II
3
CECS 130 Introduction to Programming Languages 3
 Hours16-17
Year 4
Fall
MATH 521
Modern Algebra I
or Introduction to Analysis I
3
Math Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
Natural Science Elective (non-Math) or second computer-related course 3
 Hours15
Spring
MATH 522
Modern Algebra II
or Introduction to Analysis II
3
Math Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-127

Mathematics with a Track in Actuarial Science

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
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics - SB 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
MATH 311 Introduction to Higher Math 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics - SB 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
MATH 325 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
 Hours13-14
Spring
Foreign Language 2 3-4
MATH 387 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 561 Probability 3
MATH 572 Theory of Interest 3
FIN 301 Corporate Finance 3
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
MATH 562 Mathematical Statistics 3
MATH 570 Foundations of Actuarial Science 3
FIN 401 Investments 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Chosen Natural Science Sequence (lecture & lab) 4-5
MATH 405 Differential Equations 3
FIN 414 Applied Financial Econometrics 3
Finance Minor Course 3
 Hours16-17
Year 4
Fall
MATH 560 Statistical Data Analysis 3
MATH 501 Introduction to Analysis I 3
Finance Minor Course 3
Finance Minor Course 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
MATH 573 Actuarial Models I 3
CIS 300 Computer Information Systems 3
ECON 380 Introduction to Econometrics 3
Natural Science Elective (outisde of chosen Natural Science sequence) 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-125

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