The Department of Mathematics offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Both provide a solid basis in mathematics, whether you plan to enter the work force directly, or to pursue graduate studies in math or another field. 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. In addition, while all undergraduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences have a foreign language requirement, students on the BS may meet their language requirement with two years of high school study of one foreign language, whereas BA students must complete 9 hours of foreign language study at OSU. Please see the University Catalog online for the full list of courses on our various degree programs and options. The links below will give some additional information.
There are six options in the mathematics major, each with a different emphasis:
- General track
- Secondary Teaching (see also information for Secondary Education majors)
- Applied mathematics
- Actuarial and Financial mathematics
- Pre-Medical Sciences
If you are interested in going to graduate school in mathematics, 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).
See also the information about math as a second major.