BA in Mathematics

Degree Program Requirements

Mathematics is part of the foundation of all the sciences, engineering, statistics, and many social sciences.  A degree in mathematics provides one with both the applied mathematics knowledge necessary to engage in these disciplines, and formal reasoning skills that can be applied in any area.  The major is well suited for those interested in mathematics alone, or for those looking to supplement another major.  Our students go on to jobs or further study in all the above disciplines, as well as many others (medical school or law school, for instance).

Major Program Requirements

All MU General Education and Arts and Science Breadth and Depth requirements (for the BA) must be satisfied, in addition to the Department Level Requirements. The foreign language requirement must be satisfied either by taking a foreign language for 4 years in high school or by completing a language sequence at MU.

Additional requirements for the BA degree

  • MATH 4700 Advanced Calculus of One Real Variable I 
  • MATH 4720 Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
  • Four approved 4000 level Math electives

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 15005MATH 17005
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Foreign Language (Level I)5
ENGLSH 10003Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course (Not taught by the Math Department)4
Elective Course  
 14 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 23003MATH 41003
INFOTC 10403MATH 41403
Foreign Language (Level II)5Foreign Language (Level III)3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course (Not taught by the Math Department)3
Elective Course3BIO SC course3
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 30003MATH 47003
4000-level MATH elective34000-level MATH elective3
4000-level MATH elective3Social Science Course (in a field different from the History or Political Science Course taken in Fall I)3
Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course (Not taught by the Math Department)3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 472034000-level Math Elective3
Behavioral Science Course 2000-level3Humanities/Fine Arts Course 2000-level3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Social Science Course3
Social Science Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3 
 15 12
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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