BA in Mathematics
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics is designed to provide students with the foundation of a liberal arts education and a broad overview of mathematics and its applications. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers students a large choice of electives to pursue a well-rounded study in the humanities and fine arts, the physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as in mathematics. This degree is especially suitable for students wanting to enter a professional field, such as secondary teacher certification, while acquiring a strong background in mathematics. Many organizations depend on quantitative reasoning and mathematical models to solve problems. The mathematical component of this plan is designed to prepare students to develop and use analytical skills and problem-solving skills, to master mathematical techniques required in related fields of application, and to enter the employment market with relevant and proficient mathematical tools. This degree offers many features to enhance a student’s educational experience: the choice of an approved university minor; sustained development of writing and speaking proficiency; and extended general education requirements that permit more study of liberal arts disciplines. The BA degree is especially appropriate for students who wish to combine an extensive study of mathematics with a second concentration in such fields as education, business, the natural sciences or social sciences, and it prepares students for various graduate or professional programs including mathematics education, medicine or law.
The degree requires a minimum of 128 semester credit hours as indicated below. No grade of “D” in any course in the CMS Department may be applied toward satisfying the requirements of any degree in the department. Any course substitution must be approved by the department chair. The format of the degree is given in six sections: General Education Requirements, Mathematical Sciences Requirements, Humanities Requirements, Minor, Electives, and Urban Education Component.
A. General Education Requirements (45 hours)
i. Common Core Requirements (42 hours)
ENG 1301 and 1302 – Composition I, II
ENG 23XX – Any literature course
COMM (3 hours selected from COMM 1301,1303,1304,1305,3302,3304,3306 or other approved course)
Fine Arts (3 hours selected from ART, DRA, MUS or other approved fine arts discipline)
HIST (6 hours selected from HIST 1305, 1306, 2303, 2309 or other approved course)
POLS 2303 and 2304 – U.S. Government I, II
Natural Sciences (6 hours selected from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MBIO, NS or PHYS or other approved courses)
Social/Behavioral Sciences* (Approved 3 hours in ANTH, CJ, ECO, GEOG, PSY, SOC or other human behavior discipline)
Mathematics (Approved 3 hours - MATH 2305 is used here; this adds 3 hours of free electives)
Computer Literacy (Approved 3 hours - CS 1305 is used here; this adds 3 hours of free electives)
*Students seeking secondary teacher certification may have to take PSY 1303 to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the General Education Requirements.
ii. Writing Skills Requirement (3 hours)
ENG 3302 – Business and Technical Report Writing
iii. Writing Proficiency Examination
UHD 9000 – Writing Proficiency Exam (must be taken and passed after completion of 60 credit hours and before completion of 75 hours. Transfer students with more than 75 hours must attempt the exam in their first semester at UHD.)
B. Mathematical Sciences Requirements (35 hours)
i. Mathematical Sciences Core (26 hours+)
MATH 2305 – Discrete Mathematics MATH 2307 – Linear Algebra
MATH 2401 – Calculus I MATH 2402 – Calculus II
MATH 2403 – Calculus III MATH 3302 – Probability & Statistics
MATH 3306 – Intro. to Modern Algebra OR MATH 3307 – Intro. to Real Analysis
MATH 4294 – Senior Seminar
MATH 4395 – Senior Project or an approved W‑course*
+Math 2305 is counted in Section A-Common Core Requirements.
*To satisfy Integrative Experience. Based on their performance in Math 4294, students are required to participate in Math 4395 or assigned an approved writing course in the major. The approved writing courses are Math 4301 (Advanced Numerical Methods for Science and Engineering), Math 4304 (Methods of Applied Mathematics), Math 4312 (History of Applied Mathematics), and Math 4315 (Mathematical Modeling).
ii. Mathematical Sciences Electives: Nine hours of additional upper level mathematical sciences courses, not including Math 3321 and Math 3322. Students interested in secondary teacher certification are encouraged to choose Math 3303 (Geometry for Teachers) or Math 3311 (Geometry), Math 3312 (Set Theory) and Math 3313 (Mathematics Topics for Secondary Teachers) as their mathematical sciences electives.
iii. Computer Science Requirements+
CS 1305 – Introduction to Computer Technology
+CS 1305 is counted in Section A-Common Core Requirements.
C. Humanities Requirements (9 hours chosen from at least two of the following categories)
- Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts - ART, DRA, MUS
- Political and Social Sciences - ECO, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, POLS
- Behavioral Sciences – ANTH, PSY, SOC
- English and Speech – ENG, COMM
- Languages – FREN, SPAN
D. Minor (18 hours minimum).
Any university approved minor may be chosen to satisfy this requirement, or secondary teacher certification in mathematics.
E. Electives: (enough hours to complete a minimum of 128 hours total)
F. Urban Education Component*: Students seeking secondary teacher certification should complete a formal application in the Urban Education Department, and may replace sections C, D and E by
Pre-block courses Block I Block II Block III
SOSE 3306 SED 3301 SED 3302 SOSE 4303
ETC 3301 SED 3305 SOSE 3321 SED 4301
READ 3309 SED 3312 READ 4321 SED 4302
*For students choosing section F above, there are an additional 12 hours needed to complete 128 hours.
Section F will be regularly revised based on updates from the Urban Education Department.
SAMPLE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE PLAN