Major requirements

Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics

BACHELORS OF ARTS

BA Requirements: 

Students must complete MATH 244, or MATH 253A, and must complete 21 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered between 300 and 4791, which must include:

  • MATH 311 or MATH 307
  • MATH 321
  • MATH 331
  • 3 credit hours in writing-intensive mathematics courses
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics courses 400 or above

The students must also complete MATH 480.

BACHELORS OF SCIENCES

BS Requirements: 

A minimum of 39 credit hours is required. Students must complete PHYS 170/170L, and 272/272L as well as MATH 244, or MATH 253A. Additionally, students must complete 24 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered between 300 and 479¹, which must include:

  • MATH 311 or MATH 307
  • MATH 321
  • MATH 331
  • 6 credit hours in writing-intensive mathematics courses
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics courses 400 or above
  • 15 credit hours in additional upper division mathematics courses or appropriate non-introductory courses in the natural sciences (see below).

The students must also complete MATH 480.

In addition, students must demonstrate an understanding of algorithms and logic, as well as precision of thinking. Courses to satisfy this requirement are MATH 301, 304, 305, 407; EE 160; ICS 110c, 110d, 111, 211; GG250; PHYS 305; ME 360; CEE 417.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION FOR BA AND BS MATHEMATICS MAJORS:

  • All courses counting toward the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • A cumulative 2.0 GPA in all completed 300 and above mathematics courses is required. If a course is repeated the last attempt counts toward the GPA. 
  • Upon approval of a mathematics department advisor and associate chair, the PHYS 170 through 272L requirements may be satisfied by PHYS 151 through 152L;
  • MATH 311, 321 can be used for the writing intensive requirement as long as they meet the WI focus. The other writing intensive courses are MATH 412, 413, 420, 431, and 432.
  • MATH 499 may count towards degree requirements only with approval.
  • The UH policy that does not allow double dipping requirements between two majors is applicable, except under special agreements.
  • All mathematics majors are required to see a mathematics adviser each spring semester prior to fall registration. It is recommended that you see an adviser every semester. Please ask the staff in Keller Hall 419 for details.

Appropriate non-introductory courses in the natural or information sciences

The following science courses may be included in the BS requirement of 15 hours in additional upper division mathematics courses or appropriate non-introductory courses in the natural or information sciences:

  • Chemistry 272 and above
  • ICS 211 and above
  • Physics 274 and above
  • Courses numbered 300 and above in:

College of Natural Sciences

College of Engineering

Marine Biology

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering

All BS mathematics majors are required to receive approval from a mathematics advisor for their 15 credit related courses credit hours.

Courses with content overlap

There are a number of courses in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics, with content overlap. Only one course of each pair shown below may be counted toward mathematics degree requirements. If a mathematics course is included in the 24 required upper division mathematics credits, then the non-mathematics course paired with it may not be used to satisfy the related 15 credits. Neither may both courses in a pair be used to satisfy the related 15 credits.

MATH 302 and ME 403                                              CEE 417 and (Math 407, ME 360 or PHYS 305)

MATH 303 and PHYS 400

MATH 307 and GG312

MATH 373 and ICS 471                                              EE 342 and MATH 471

MATH 407 and (CEE 417, ME 360 or PHYS 305)    EE 468 and ICS 412

Math 471 and EE 342

ICS 412 and EE 468

ICS 471 and MATH 373                                              ME 311 and PHYS 430

                                                                                     ME 360 and (CEE 417, MATH 407 or PHYS 305)

PHYS 305 and (CEE 417, MATH 407 or ME 360)    ME 403 and MATH 302

PHYS 400 and MATH 303

PHYS 430 and ME 311                                                GG 312 and MATH 307