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Mathematics & Statistics

BS in Mathematics

The mathematics bachelor of science degree program provides training in the theory and techniques of algebra, analysis, and other fields as a basis for further work in pure and applied mathematics and for graduate studies. Mathematics BS students may choose to take a second major in secondary school teaching to prepare for a career as a teacher.

The use of mathematics is pervasive in modern industry. The result is that mathematicians are found in almost every sector of the job market, including engineering research, telecommunications, computer services and software, energy systems, computer manufacturers, aerospace and automotive, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and government laboratories, among others.

The university’s Washington, D.C. location affords the students access to many governmental, cultural, scientific, and historical institutions. These institutions serve as an important research resource. In addition, they are a source of full-time and part-time employment opportunities for students with a firm grounding in the mathematical sciences.


Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval. 

Students who wish to obtain credentials for teaching grade 7–12 mathematics may take a 36-credit hour second major. For more information, visit the Webpage for mathematics majors with a second major in secondary education.

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 53 credit hours with grades of C or better 


Course Requirements

  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) or STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) (with permission of department)
  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) 
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4) 
  • MATH-313 Calculus III (4) 
  • MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3) 
  • MATH-321 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH-503 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH-512 Introduction to Modern Algebra (3) 
  • MATH-520 Introduction to Analysis (3) 
  • MATH-550 Complex Analysis (3) 
  • One course from each of the following groups:

Group One
- MATH-521 Measure and Integration Theory (3) 
- MATH-504 Advanced Calculus of Several Variables (3)
- MATH-510 Geometry (3)
- MATH-540 Topology (3)
- MATH-580 Topics in Mathematics

Group Two
- MATH-505 Mathematical Logic (3)
- MATH-513 Rings and fields (3)
- MATH-515 Number Theory (3)
- MATH-580 Topics in Mathematics(3)

Group Three
- MATH-501 Probability (3)
- MATH-551 Partial Differential Equations (3)
- MATH-560 Numerical Analysis: Basic Problems (3)
- MATH-570 History of Mathematics (3)
- MATH-580 Topics in Mathematics(3) With the department's approval.

  • A two course sequence selected from this list (Note: This requirement may be waived for students with more than one major in this department):

-BIO-110 General Biology I FA5(4) / BIO-210 General Biology II FA5(4)
-CHEM-110 General Chemistry I FA5(4) / CHEM-210 General Chemistry II FA5(4)
-PHYS-110 Principles of Physics I FA5(4) / PHYS-210 Principles of Physics II FA5(4)
-STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics(3) / STAT-502 Intro to Mathematical Statistics(3)
-Two additional MATH-500 level courses