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Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematics (BS)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and 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. Students must have a 3.00 grade point average to be admitted to the second major in secondary education. For information on admission and program requirements, see the School of Education, Teaching and Health secondary education program.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

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

Required

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

A two-course sequence from the following:

Note: This requirement may be waived for students with more than one major in this department.

Mathematics Majors with a Second Major in Secondary Education

Course Requirements

Required

A two-course sequence from the following:

Note: This requirement may be waived for students with more than one major in this department.

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.

Combined BS in Mathematics and MA in Mathematics

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

This program enables students to earn both a BS in Mathematics and an MA in Mathematics.

Requirements

Optional Sequences

Undergraduate students should apply by the end of the junior year. Students should have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in major courses and have completed one of the following sequences:

All requirements for the BS in Mathematics

Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

All requirements for the MA in Mathematics

Including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.