Mathematics (BS)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2009 - Spring 2010 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS)

Major: MATH

Degree: BS

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

The Bachelor of Science offers a solid, in-depth knowledge of mathematics, combined with a concentration in an area of application. Students preparing to enter a traditional graduate program in mathematics should focus on the concentration in pure mathematics; those preparing for graduate school in a specialized area should use the appropriate concentration. The concentration in actuarial mathematics also includes many of the courses that prepare the student for the Actuarial Examinations.

NOTE: Admission to the major 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.

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

Type Semester Hours Total
General Education   34*

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. 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.

* 10 hours of General Education requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are met with requirements in the major or supporting coursework.

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type Semester
Hours
Total
General 101: A&S Orientation 1  
Foreign Language
(completion of the second semester of a single foreign language;
hours will vary depending on the language taken)
6-8  
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences, at the 300 level or above
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education)
6  

WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)

   
Total   13-15

Mathematics Department

Mathematics Core Requirements
Type Semester
Hours
Total
Mathematics 205 1 -206, 301

12

 
Mathematics 311 3  
Mathematics 325 3  
Mathematics 405 3  
Mathematics 501 or 521 3  
Mathematics electives chosen in consultation with departmental advisor 6  
Concentration in one of areas below 27  
Total   57

Each concentration has its own set of electives; consult the department advisor for appropriate courses.

Mathematics Concentrations

Actuarial Science
Type Hours
Mathematics 561 3
Mathematics 562 3
Mathematics 570 3
Mathematics 572 3

Application Area electives
(No more than 6 hours may be in mathematics)

15
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Type Hours
Mathematics 387 3
Mathematics 407 3
Mathematics 535 3
Mathematics 536 3

Application Area electives
(No more than 6 hours may be in mathematics)

15
Probability and Statistics
Type Hours
Mathematics 560 3
Mathematics 561 3
Mathematics 562 3
Mathematics 564 3

Application Area electives
(No more than 6 hours may be in mathematics)

15
Pure Mathematics
Type Hours
Mathematics 387 3
Mathematics 502 3
Mathematics 522 3
Mathematics 561 3

Application Area electives
(No more than 6 hours may be in mathematics)

15

Supporting Courses

Type Semester
Hours
Total

One of the following sequences:
Physics 298-299 and 295-2961
Chemistry 201-2021, 207, 208, 209
Biology 240, 242, 2441

7-10  
Elective in second science discipline 3  
One computer related course chosen in consultation
with departmental advisor
3  

Elective in Natural Sciences (other than Mathematics) or a second
computer related course chosen in consultation with departmental advisor

3  
Total   16-19

Electives & Total Hours

Type Hours
Minimum Electives
[Elective hours are dependent on completion of 10 hours of General Education requirements through requirements in the major and supporting coursework.]
6-11
Minimum Total 121

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.2
At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.3

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.
2 Mathematics courses at the 100 level do not count toward hours in the major.
3 A minimum of 12 hours in courses numbered 311 or higher must be successfully completed in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Louisville.

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