BS in Mathematics

Degree Program Description

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

The Mathematics Department offers a “Standard” BS, a BS with emphasis in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance, and a Dual Degree in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. In each case all MU General Education and Arts and Science Breadth and Depth requirements (for the BS) must be satisfied, in addition to the Department Level Requirements. Note that the courses accepted for the science requirement by the Mathematics department are more restrictive than the Arts and Science requirement.

All BS degrees require completion of the Foreign Language requirement by one of: four years of a language in high school, completion of a foreign language sequence at MU, or a Foreign Language Alternative (12 credits at the 2000 level or above in an area, or related areas, approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies).

Additional requirements for the BS degree

  • MATH 4700
  • MATH 4720
  • Four approved 4000 level Math electives
  • Science Requirement: 13 or more credits from the two groups below.  Both groups must be represented.
Group I:
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
University Physics II
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
Group II: Any 4000 level courses in Statistics or Computer Science.

Additional requirements for the BS Degree (Dual degree for Math and Math Ed majors)

Additional requirements for the BS degree (Double major in Math and Economics)

  • MATH 4700
  • One of MATH 4310MATH 4720, or MATH 4900
  • Four approved 4000 level Math electives
  • Science Requirement: 10 or more credits from the two groups from the Course List above.  Both groups must be represented.

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
HIST 1100 or POL_SC 1100*3Behavioral Science Elective Course*3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Course*3Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Course*3
ENGLSH 1000*3INFOTC 10403
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 23003MATH 41003
2000-level General Education Elective3MATH 30003
PHYSCS 27505PHYSCS 27605
SPAN 11004SPAN 12004
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 47003MATH 47203
MATH 414034000-level MATH Course3
Writing Intensive Elective Course*32000-level General Education Elective*3
SPAN 21004Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
4000-level MATH course34000-level MATH course3
4000-level Course in STAT or CMP SC34000-level MATH course3
4000-level MATH course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 119

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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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