Why study mathematics?

Because mathematics is a framework upon which humanity builds an understanding of the world.

Mathematics Programs

Separate programs lead to the B.A. in mathematics and the B.S. in mathematics. The B.A. has fewer mathematics course requirements and more general education requirements. The B.S. requires more mathematics courses, an applied mathematics concentration, and fewer general education courses. Students wishing to attend graduate school in mathematics or to pursue a career that makes substantial use of mathematics (as an actuary, for example) should get a B.S. in mathematics. Many students majoring in mathematics are interested in a liberal arts degree; such students may want to consider the B.A. in mathematics. Students who wish to teach mathematics in high school should pursue a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics while participating in the UKanTeach program.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

Mathematics Core Knowledge and Skills (20)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas:
Calculus I. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 125Calculus I4
or MATH 145 Calculus I, Honors
Calculus II. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 126Calculus II4
or MATH 146 Calculus II, Honors
Calculus III. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 127Calculus III4
or MATH 147 Calculus III, Honors
Elementary Linear Algebra. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
or MATH 291 Elementary Linear Algebra, Honors
Analysis. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 500Intermediate Analysis3
or MATH 765 Mathematical Analysis I
Linear Algebra. Satisfied by one of the following:
MATH 590Linear Algebra3
or MATH 790 Linear Algebra II
Math Sequence Requirement (6)
Majors must choose one of the following 2-course sequences. Courses selected above may contribute to the minimum of 6 hours.6
Probability & Statistics. Satisfied by:
Probability
and Mathematical Theory of Statistics
Geometry. Satisfied by:
Geometry I
and Geometry II
Analysis. Satisfied by:
Mathematical Analysis I
and Mathematical Analysis II
Numerical Analysis. Satisfied by:
Numerical Analysis I
and Numerical Analysis II
Linear & Modern Algebra. Satisfied by:
Linear Algebra II
and Modern Algebra
Analysis & Complex Variables. Satisfied by:
Intermediate Analysis
and Complex Variable and Applications
Statistics & Regression Analysis. Satisfied by:
Applied Mathematical Statistics I
and Applied Regression Analysis
Statistics & Time Series Analysis. Satisfied by:
Applied Mathematical Statistics I
and Time Series Analysis
Number Theory & Introductory Modern Algebra. Satisfied by:
Elementary Number Theory
and Introductory Modern Algebra
Modern Algebra & Coding Theory. Satisfied by:
Introductory Modern Algebra
and Algebraic Coding Theory
Numerical Methods & Linear Algebra. Satisfied by:
Numerical Methods
and Applied Numerical Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra. Satisfied by:
Linear Algebra
and Linear Algebra II
Complex Variables & Partial Differential Equations. Satisfied by:
Complex Variable and Applications
and Applied Partial Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations & Calculus of Variations. Satisfied by:
Applied Partial Differential Equations
and Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations
Combinatorics & Graph Theory. Satisfied by:
Combinatorial Mathematics
and Graph Theory
Math Breadth (15)
Majors must complete a minimum of 5 mathematics courses numbered 300 and above (each at least 3 credits), excluding MATH 365, MATH 409 and MATH 410, but including the upper division courses used to satisfy the core and sequence requirements. The goals are to gain exposure to a variety of concepts and methods in mathematics, develop abstract and critical thinking, and acquire knowledge to prepare for a career using mathematics, further study of mathematics, or interdisciplinary work involving mathematics.15

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Mathematics. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

This degree plan assumes students will have the equivalent of MATH 101 prior to freshman year, fall semester.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 125 or 145 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, BA Quant Req)4MATH 126 or 146 (Major Requirement)4
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 127 or 147 (Major Requirement)4MATH 590 (Major Requirement)3
MATH 290 or 291 (Major Requirement)24th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)3Goal 3 Social Science3
Goal 3 Natural Science3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)1
 16-17 16-18
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 500 (Major Requirement)3Math Sequence Course 300+ (Major Requirement23
Goal 3 Humanities3Math Elective or Sequence Course 300+ (Major Requirement23
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Math Sequence Course 300+ (Major Requirement)23Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Math Sequence Course 300+ (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)33Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies), or elective1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-123
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course.  

2

Majors must complete a 2-course sequence. Courses selected to fulfill other major requirements, may also contribute to the minimum of 6 hours for the sequence. 

3

Completion of four upper division mathematics courses that form two sequences in mathematics and statistics can fulfill KU Core Goal 6

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.

Departmental Honors

For undergraduate departmental honors, the student must satisfy the College requirements for honors, attain a grade-point average of 3.5 in all mathematics courses numbered 500 and above.  The student must also complete two out of the following four sequences: MATH 727 andMATH 728; MATH 765 andMATH 766; MATH 781 and MATH 782; and MATH 790 and MATH 791, with a grade no lower than B- in each of these courses. The student must make a satisfactory oral presentation to the department, preferably on a topic related to his or her mathematics course work. Preparation should include enrollment in MATH 699 Directed Reading (for 1 or more credit hours) with a faculty mentor.