Mathematics (BA)

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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.


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 205, MATH 206, MATH 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.

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
One of the following:
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light
Introductory Laboratories I
General Chemistry I
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I
Unity of Life

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 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 561Probability3
Mathematics electives chosen in consultation with departmental advisor3
Minimum Total Hours36
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following sequences:7-10
Sequence One:
Introductory Laboratories I 4
Introductory Laboratories II
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound
Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light 4
Sequence Two:
General Chemistry I 4
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I
Introduction to Chemical Analysis II
Introduction to Chemical Analysis III
Sequence Three:
Unity of Life 4
Unity of Life Lab
Diversity of Life
Diversity of Life Lab
Elective in second science discipline3
Electives in Natural Sciences, other than Mathematics5-8
Electives
Minimum Electives 514
Minimum Total Hours32

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
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Fulfills General Education requirement.

5

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
MATH 205 Calculus I 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 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 561 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

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.