Why study mathematics?

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

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics offers more extensive training in mathematics and its applications than is possible in the B.A. curriculum. The requirements for the B.S. in Mathematics allow a great deal of flexibility in choice of courses and concentrations. Students should plan their programs carefully to meet individual interests and goals, and carefully check the prerequisites for all courses in their programs.

Many students have strong interests in particular areas of mathematics. The Department has created three informal tracks within the B.S. program: a statistics track, an applied mathematics track, and a track in pure mathematics. These tracks are advisory only. Students without strong interests in one of these areas are encouraged to put together a broad program within the B.S. Degree.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores 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.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

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.S. Degree

First- and Second-Year Preparation
MATH 125Calculus I4
or MATH 145 Calculus I, Honors
MATH 126Calculus II4
or MATH 146 Calculus II, Honors
MATH 127Calculus III4
or MATH 147 Calculus III, Honors
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
or MATH 291 Elementary Linear Algebra, Honors
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Differential Equations
Applied Differential Equations
Applied Differential Equations, Honors
Core Requirements
MATH 590Linear Algebra3
or MATH 790 Linear Algebra II
MATH 500Intermediate Analysis3
or MATH 765 Mathematical Analysis I
MATH 558Introductory Modern Algebra3
or MATH 791 Modern Algebra
Select one of the following:3
Applied Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Theory of Statistics
Statistical Theory
Mathematics Concentration/Sequence Requirements
Select one 2-course sequence from List A and a second 2-course sequence from either List A or List B6-12
Select up to 2 additional 3-credit-hour courses to complete a total of 24 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered MATH 450 and above. 0-6
Applied Concentration
3 courses, totaling at least 8 credit hours, that make significant use of mathematics. At least 2 courses must be in the same area. Courses from List C have been approved for this requirement. Other upper-division courses making significant use of mathematics can be used for the applied concentration with the approval of a mathematics department advisor.8

Note: Many of these courses have prerequisites that do not count toward the mathematics major.

Minimum Major Requirements

41 hours

Applied Concentration: 8 hours

General Education Requirements: 46-50 hours  (Actual credit hours may be less because of overlap of Core Curriculum and degree-specific requirements.)

Completion of the University Core Curriculum

ENGL 101Composition (or exemption)3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Reading and Writing (or exemption)
Honors Introduction to English (or exemption)
Computer Science
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Computing: _____
Programming I
Programming I: Honors
Natural Science
Select one course with laboratory4-5
Select one additional course in a natural science other than mathematics3-5

List A Sequences

MATH 627
MATH 628
and Mathematical Theory of Statistics
MATH 660
MATH 661
Geometry I
and Geometry II
MATH 727
MATH 728
Probability Theory
and Statistical Theory
MATH 765
MATH 766
Mathematical Analysis I
and Mathematical Analysis II
MATH 781
MATH 782
Numerical Analysis I
and Numerical Analysis II
MATH 790
MATH 791
Linear Algebra II
and Modern Algebra

List B Sequences

MATH 500
MATH 646
Intermediate Analysis
and Complex Variable and Applications
MATH 526
MATH 605
Applied Mathematical Statistics I
and Applied Regression Analysis
MATH 526
MATH 611
Applied Mathematical Statistics I
and Time Series Analysis
MATH 540
MATH 558
Elementary Number Theory
and Introductory Modern Algebra
MATH 558
MATH 601
Introductory Modern Algebra
and Algebraic Coding Theory
MATH 540
MATH 791
Elementary Number Theory
and Modern Algebra
MATH 581
MATH 591
Numerical Methods
and Applied Numerical Linear Algebra
MATH 590
MATH 790
Linear Algebra
and Linear Algebra II
MATH 601
MATH 791
Algebraic Coding Theory
and Modern Algebra
MATH 605
MATH 611
Applied Regression Analysis
and Time Series Analysis
MATH 646
MATH 647
Complex Variable and Applications
and Applied Partial Differential Equations
MATH 646
MATH 765
Complex Variable and Applications
and Mathematical Analysis I
MATH 647
MATH 648
Applied Partial Differential Equations
and Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations
MATH 647
MATH 650
Applied Partial Differential Equations
and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
MATH 648
MATH 650
Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations
and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
MATH 724
MATH 725
Combinatorial Mathematics
and Graph Theory

List C Applied Concentration Courses

MATH 605Applied Regression Analysis3
MATH 611Time Series Analysis3
MATH 624Discrete Probability3
ECON 817Econometrics I3
ECON 818Econometrics II3
Economics and Finance
ECON 526Introduction to Econometrics3
ECON 590Game Theory3
ECON 620Elements of Mathematical Economics3
ECON 700Survey of Microeconomics3
ECON 701Survey of Macroeconomics3
ECON 715Elementary Econometrics3
ECON 716Econometric Forecasting3
FIN 310Finance3
FIN 311Finance, Honors3
FIN 410Investment Theory and Applications3
FIN 415Corporate Finance3
FIN 420International Finance3
FIN 425Futures and Options3
MATH 630Actuarial Mathematics3
SCM 310Management Science and Operations Management3
BIOL 350Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 412Evolutionary Biology4
BINF 701Computational Biology I5
BINF 702Computational Biology II5
BIOL 743Population Genetics3
Physics and Astronomy
PHSX 313General Physics III3
PHSX 511Introductory Quantum Mechanics3
PHSX 518Mathematical Physics3
PHSX 521Mechanics I3
PHSX 531Electricity and Magnetism3
ASTR 591Stellar Astronomy3
ASTR 592Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy3
PHSX 621Mechanics II3
PHSX 631Electromagnetic Theory3
PHSX 671Thermal Physics3
PHSX 691Astrophysics I3
PHSX 711Quantum Mechanics I3
PHSX 741Nuclear Physics I3
CHEM 400Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 530Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 535Physical Chemistry II3
Atmospheric Science
ATMO 630Synoptic Meteorology3
ATMO 640Dynamic Meteorology3
ATMO 642Remote Sensing3
ATMO 650Advanced Synoptic Meteorology3
ATMO 660Advanced Dynamic Meteorology3
ATMO 680Physical Meteorology3
Aerospace Engineering
AE 345Fluid Mechanics3
AE 445Aircraft Aerodynamics and Performance3
AE 507Aerospace Structures I3
AE 545Fundamentals of Aerodynamics4
AE 550Dynamics of Flight I4
AE 551Dynamics of Flight II4
AE 552Honors Dynamics of Flight II4
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
C&PE 211Material and Energy Balances4
C&PE 511Momentum Transfer3
C&PE 521Heat Transfer3
C&PE 523Mass Transfer4
C&PE 778Applied Optimization Methods3
Civil Engineering
CE 201Statics2
CE 300Dynamics3
CE 301Statics and Dynamics5
CE 330Fluid Mechanics3
CE 461Structural Analysis4
CE 704Dynamics and Vibrations3
CE 461Structural Analysis4
CE 704Dynamics and Vibrations3
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
EECS 211Circuits I3
EECS 212Circuits II4
EECS 220Electromagnetics I4
EECS 360Signal and System Analysis4
EECS 420Electromagnetics II4
EECS 444Control Systems3
EECS 510Introduction to the Theory of Computing3
EECS 560Data Structures4
EECS 562Introduction to Communication Systems4
EECS 638Fundamentals of Expert Systems3
EECS 644Introduction to Digital Signal Processing3
EECS 649Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
EECS 660Fundamentals of Computer Algorithms3
EECS 662Programming Languages3
EECS 672Introduction to Computer Graphics3
EECS 718Graph Algorithms3
EECS 730Introduction to Bioinformatics3
EECS 744Communications and Radar Digital Signal Processing3
Mechanical Engineering
ME 311Mechanics of Materials3
ME 312Basic Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 508Numerical Analysis of Mechanical Engineering Problems3
ME 510Fluid Mechanics3
ME 612Heat Transfer3
ME 682System Dynamics and Control Systems3
Curriculum & Instruction
C&T 360Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
C&T 366Classroom Interactions in Mathematics and Science3
C&T 460Project Based Instruction in Mathematics and Science3

Notes: A student using at least 2 statistics courses for the applied concentration must complete MATH 627 and MATH 628 (or MATH 727 and MATH 728) as a List A sequence. (MATH 627, MATH 628, MATH 727, and MATH 728 do not count for the applied concentration.) A student using at least 2 curriculum & instruction courses for the applied concentration must complete PHSX 211 as one of the natural science courses and must complete at least 1 of the geometry courses MATH 559, MATH 660, or MATH 661.

Courses used to satisfy the core requirements can also be used to complete List A and List B sequences. However, no course can be used for 2 List A or B sequences, and courses used for the Applied Concentration requirement cannot also be counted toward the 24 credit hours of advanced mathematics courses for the B.S. degree.

Some courses satisfying the sequence requirements are taught infrequently. More advanced courses can be substituted for lower level courses in many cases. Consult the mathematics department for expected course offerings and substitutions.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS 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 104 prior to the freshman year, fall semester.

Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 2)3
Goal 3 Natural Science3Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3
Lab Science (to complement Goal 3N) (BS Requirement)1-2EECS 138, 168, or 169 (BS Requirement)3-4
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 1)3MATH 126 (Major Requirement)4
MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, Major Requirement)4Elective (Total Hours)3
 14-15 16-17
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Social Science3
Addtional Natural Science (BS Requirement)3MATH 320, 220, or 221 (Major Requirement)3
MATH 127 (Major Requirement)4Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
MATH 290 (Major Requirement)2MATH 590 (Major Requirement)3
Pre-requisite for Applied Concentration or Elective (Pre-requisite for Major Requirement, Total Hours)43Pre-requisite for Applied Concentration or Elective (Pre-requisite for Major Requirement, Total Hours)43
 15 15
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
MATH 558 (Major Requirement)3MATH 500 (Major Requirement)3
MATH Sequence Course 500+ (Major Requirement)13MATH Sequence Course 500+ (Major Requirement)1,53
Applied Concentration Course (Major Requirement)33Applied Concentration Course (Major Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
MATH Sequence Course 500+ (Major Requirement)13MATH Sequence Course 500+ (Major Requirement)13
Applied Concentration Course (Major Requirement)33Elective (Total Hours)3
MATH Elective 450+ (Major Requirement)23Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours 120-122

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.