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General Track


Of the four mathematics tracks, this track offers the widest possible mathematical breadth.  It is appropriate for virtually all mathematics majors, and it is the recommended track for students intending to pursue an advanced degree.

In the general track, you can earn either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The Bachelor of Science  places more emphasis on the natural and mathematical sciences, while the Bachelor of Arts places more emphasis on arts and humanities.  The requirements for each degree are a little different.

  • General Education Requirements: Both degrees require 8 hours of Natural Science (N). The B.S. degree requires all 8 of these be physics, while the B.A. requires 4 hours of physics and 4 more hours from any course with an N designation.
  • College/Departmental Requirements: Requirements are summarized in the table below.
Course B.S. B.A.
Orientation 1 1
Arts and Humanities 3 9
Natural Sciences 9 3
Foreign Languages 0* 10
Total 13 23

*Foreign language proficiency is required for both degrees programs, but for the B.S. it may be satisfied by two years of (the
same) foreign language in high school.

  • Major Requirements: The general track for the B.A. degree offers somewhat more flexibility in choice of courses outside mathematics and places increased emphasis on communication skills. See degree sheets for specifics. You can also look at a list of upper-division math courses.

If you are interested in going to graduate school in math, it is strongly recommended that your undergraduate degree program include Advanced Calculus I (MATH 4143), Advanced Calculus II (MATH 4153), Modern Algebra I (MATH 4613), and Modern Algebra II (MATH 5013).

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