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Mathematics as a Second Major

You can elect math as a second major or as a second degree, with some differences between the two.  In either case, it may add extra strength to your other major, just by virtue of the course content, and it may also make your resume stand out above others when you compete for a job.

There are two options for a second major in Mathematics.

  • Second Major:  To take Math as a second major, in addition to completing the degree sheet for your primary major, you must complete the section on a Math degree sheet marked "Major Requirements.''
  • Second Bachelor's degree:  To earn a second bachelor's in Math, you must complete both the entire degree sheet for your primary major, the entire Math degree sheet, and complete a minimum of 30 additional hours.  If you earn a second bachelor's degree, it will be necessary to have a graduation check for each major and make two diploma applications.

Requirements: The requirements for a second major in Mathematics include 46 hours of mathematics and mathematics related courses.  You must have an overall grade point of 2.00 or above with a minimum grade of C in each course counting toward the second major in Mathematics.  Requirements include:

  •  Nineteen (19) hours of basic math:  MATH 2144, 2153, 2163, 2233, 3013, and 3613.
  •  Twenty seven (27) additional hours which satisfy the Mathematics requirements for either the BS or BA degree.

Two Step Procedure:

Secondary Education Majors

Students who complete a Secondary Education major with the mathematics option will have completed all requirements for a second major in Mathematics. 

Requirements: The requirements for a second major in Mathematics include 46 hours of mathematics and mathematics related courses. You must have an overall grade point of 2.00 or above with a minimum grade of C in each course counting toward the second major in Mathematics. The Departmental requirements are the same as those for a SCED degree under the Mathematics option.

  • MATH 2144,  2153, 2163, 2233, 3013,  3613, 4023, 4033, 4403, 4583, 4663, and 4713
  • CIED 4003 and 4053
  • STAT 4013 or STAT 4023

If Mathematics substitutions have been allowed by the College of Education, then you may still qualify for a second major in Mathematics. Consult any Mathematics advisor.

Two Step Procedure:

Undergraduate Degrees and Options

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.

You can declare a mathematics major through Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services located in LSE 213. View the mathematics degree sheets here.

There are six options in the mathematics major, each with a different emphasis:

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.