Requirements for the B.S. in Mathematics

Requirements for the B.S. in Mathematics

For students who entered KU Fall 2015 or later.

A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a B.S. in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The requirements below account for 90 - 96 of them. The remaining credits are electives.

Hours and GPA requirements:
Minimum hours required in mathematics courses: 41
Minimum hours of course requirements: 90
Minimum grade-point average in math courses numbered 300 and above: 2.0

Other College requirements:
Minimum hours required for degree: 120
Minimum hours in all courses numbered 300 and above: 45
Minimum overall grade-point average for degree: 2.0


Required Courses

The required courses fall into three categories:

  1. Mathematics Courses (41 credits)
  2. Concentration in Applied Mathematics and Related Fields (8-9 credits)
  3. General Education Requirements (40-45 credits)

I. Mathematics Courses (41 credits)

1. Preparation Through MATH 127 (or 147) and 290 (or 291) (14 credits)
2. Differential Equations MATH 320 or MATH 220 (or 221) (3 credits)
3. Linear Algebra MATH 590 or 790 (3 credits)
4. Analysis MATH 500 or 765 (3 credits)
5. Modern Algebra MATH 558 or 791 (3 credits)
6. Statistics Math 526, 628, or 728, (3 credits)
7. One sequence from List A (6 credits)
8. Second sequence from List A or List B (6 credits)
9. Electives, if needed, to bring up to 24 the total credit hours in mathematics courses numbered 450 and above. (Mathematics courses used to satisfy requirements #3 through #8 above count towards this 24 credit hour total.)

II. Concentration in Applied Mathematics and Related Fields (8-9 credits)

Three upper division courses, totaling at least 8 hours, which make significant use of mathematics. At least two courses must be in the same area. Consult List C for courses approved for the concentration. Other upper-division courses making significant use of mathematics can be used for the concentration with the approval of a mathematics department adviser. Students should be aware that many of these courses have prerequisites that do not count towards the mathematics major.

III. General Education Requirements (40-45 credits)

  • Completion of the University Core Curriculum (30 credits).
    MATH B.S. students must take ENGL 101 (or exemption) and ENGL 102 or 105 (or exemption) to fulfill the Written Communication requirement of the KU Core.
    MATH B.S. students must take a natural science course outside of mathematics to fulfill Goal 3 Background of Knowledge, Natural Science of the KU Core.
    The Quantitative Literacy requirement and Goal 6 Integrative Knowledge of the KU Core are satisfied by mathematics courses required for the B.S.
  • Additional General Education Requirements (at least 7 additinoal credits) to EECS 138 or 168 or 169.
    One natural science course outside of mathematics in addition to one for the KU Core. One of the two natural science courses must include a laboratory.

Specific policies regarding requirements

  • A mathematics course used to satisfy requirements #3 through #6 may also be used as part of a sequence for requirements #7 or #8.
  • Higher level courses may be substituted for mathematics courses in requirements #3 through #8. (e.g., Math 810 for Math 500 or 765; Math 830 for Math 558 or 791)
  • A student who plans to attend graduate school in the mathematical sciences is encouraged to take two sequences from List A. Such a student is also encouraged to take courses in French, German, or Russian.
  • A course cannot count towards both the Applied Concentration and the requirement for 24 credit hours in Mathematics Courses numbered 450 and above. So for example, a student can choose to count MATH 605 for the Applied Concentration OR for an upper level Math course (including part of a List B sequence), but not both.

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