Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Why study mathematics?
Because mathematics is a framework upon which humanity builds an understanding of the world.
The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics offers in depth training in mathematics. A B.A. degree in mathematics at KU allows you to focus on the mathematics that is most relevant and interesting to you. A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a B.A. in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The requirements for all students earning a B.A. in the College include the KU Core Curriculum, a laboratory or field experience, and proficiency in a language other than English.
Undergraduate Admission
Admission to KU
All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.
Visit the International Support Services for information about international admissions.
Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.
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
Code | Title | Hours |
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Mathematics Core Knowledge and Skills | ||
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas: | ||
Calculus I. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |
or MATH 145 | Calculus I, Honors | |
Calculus II. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |
or MATH 146 | Calculus II, Honors | |
Calculus III. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 127 | Calculus III | 4 |
or MATH 147 | Calculus III, Honors | |
Elementary Linear Algebra. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 290 | Elementary Linear Algebra | 2 |
or MATH 291 | Elementary Linear Algebra, Honors | |
Analysis. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 500 | Intermediate Analysis | 3 |
or MATH 765 | Mathematical Analysis I | |
Linear Algebra. Satisfied by one of the following: | ||
MATH 590 | Linear Algebra | 3 |
or MATH 790 | Linear Algebra II | |
Math Sequence Requirement | ||
Majors must choose one of the following 2-course sequences. Courses selected above may contribute to the minimum of 6 hours. | 6 | |
Elementary Number Theory. Satisfied by: | ||
Elementary Number Theory and Modern Algebra | ||
Computing. Satisfied by: | ||
Algebraic Topics in Computing: _____ and Modern Algebra | ||
Regression Analysis. Satisfied by: | ||
Applied Regression Analysis and Time Series Analysis | ||
Probability & Statistics. Satisfied by: | ||
Probability and Mathematical Theory of Statistics | ||
Complex Variable and Applications. Satisfied by: | ||
Complex Variable and Applications and Mathematical Analysis I | ||
Partial Differential Equations. Satisfied by: | ||
Applied Partial Differential Equations and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems | ||
Variations and Integral Equations. Satisfied by: | ||
Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems | ||
Geometry. Satisfied by: | ||
Geometry I and Geometry II | ||
Probability Theory. Satisfied by: | ||
Probability Theory and Statistical Theory | ||
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 | ||
Regression Analysis & Statistical Data Science | ||
Applied Regression Analysis and Statistical Data Science | ||
Statistical Data Science & Time Series Analysis | ||
Statistical Data Science 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 Topics in Computing: _____ | ||
Numerical Methods & Linear Algebra. Satisfied by: | ||
Numerical Methods and Applied Numerical Linear Algebra | ||
Linear Algebra and Applied Numerical Linear Algebra | ||
Numerical Methods and Computational Data Science | ||
Numerical Methods and Computational Data Science | ||
Computational Data Science and Applied Numerical Linear Algebra | ||
Computational & Statistical Data Science | ||
Computational Data Science and Statistical Data Science | ||
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 | ||
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 29 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 | |||
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Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing I)^{1} | 3 | ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing II)^{1} | 3 |
MATH 125 or 145 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy) | 4 | MATH 126 or 146 (BA Quantitative Reasoning (QR)) | 4 |
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language) | 5 | 2nd Semester Language (BA Second Language) | 5 |
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking) | 3 | Goal 2.2 Communication | 3 |
15 | 15 | ||
Sophomore | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 127 or 147 (Major Requirement) | 4 | MATH 590 (Major Requirement) | 3 |
MATH 290 or 291 (Major Requirement) | 2 | 4th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language) | 3 |
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language) | 3 | Goal 3 Social Science | 3 |
Goal 3 Natural Science | 3 | Goal 4.2 Global Awareness | 3 |
BA Laboratory/Field Experience (LFE) | 1 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 |
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 | ||
16 | 15 | ||
Junior | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 500 (Major Requirement) | 3 | Math Sequence Course 1 of 2^{2} | 3 |
Goal 3 Humanities | 3 | Mathematics Breadth^{3} | 3 |
Goal 4.1 US Diversity | 3 | Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics | 3 |
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 |
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 |
15 | 15 | ||
Senior | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
Math Sequence Course 2 of 2 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)^{2} | 3 | Mathematics Breadth^{3} | 3 |
Mathematics Breadth^{3} | 3 | Mathematics Breadth^{3} | 3 |
Mathematics Breadth^{3} | 3 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 |
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 |
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 3 | Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours^{4} | 2 |
15 | 14 | ||
Total Hours 120 |
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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.
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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. Additional options to satisfy Goal 6 includes MATH 699 or an approved core goal 6 elective.
Completion of four upper division mathematics courses that form two sequences in mathematics and statistics can fulfill KU Core Goal 6.
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15 credit hours are required for the Mathematics Breadth. This includes math courses and electives at 300+ (excluding MATH 365, MATH 409, MATH 410)
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Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through KU core, degree, major, second area of study and/or elective hours. Students completing the BGS with a major must choose a secondary area of study. Individual degree mapping is done in partnership with your advisor.
Please note:
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 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 and MATH 728; MATH 765 and MATH 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.