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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 Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Mathematics Education. In each case all MU General Education, University graduation requirements 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).

Students may apply to be Math majors upon meeting the following criteria:

  • Completion of ENGLSH 1000 and MATH 2300
  • Both cumulative GPA and GPA in Math courses numbered 1500 and above (expect for 2100) of 2.5 or above.

All math courses required for the degree must be passed with a grade of C- or above.

Core Math Requirements for all Math degrees (24 credits)
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 3000Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
MATH 4140Matrix Theory3
INFOTC 1040Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming3
or CMP_SC 1050 Algorithm Design and Programming I
Total Credits25

Additional requirements for the BS degree

  • MATH 4700
  • MATH 4720
  • Four approved 4000 level Math electives
  • Science Requirement: 12 or more credits from the two groups below.  Both groups must be represented.
Group I:
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
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.Exactly one of STAT 4710, STAT 4750 or STAT 4760 may be used for both Group II and as an approved 4000 level Math elective

Additional requirements for the BS Degree (Dual degree for Math and Secondary Education 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
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
MATH 23003MATH 41003
2000-level General Education Elective3MATH 30003
PHYSCS 27505PHYSCS 27605
Second language I4-6Second language II4-6
 15-17 15-17
Third Year
MATH 47003MATH 47203
MATH 414034000-level MATH Course3
Writing Intensive Elective Course*32000-level General Education Elective*3
Elective Course3Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
Second language III3-4Elective Course3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
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: 118-123

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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