Major requirements

Bachelors Degrees in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers both a BA and a BS degree in Mathematics. The requirements for these are listed below. Additional information for both degrees can be found under the BS requirements.

We have also prepared some sample pathways that could help you plan your degree:

BACHELORS OF ARTS

BA Requirements: 

Students must complete MATH 244, or MATH 253A, as well as 23 credit hours: MATH 480 and 21 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered between 300 and 479, 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

BACHELORS OF SCIENCES

BS Requirements: 

Students must complete PHYS 170/170L and 272/272L, as well as MATH 244, or MATH 253A. In addition, students must complete 41 credit hours: MATH 480 and 39 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered between 300 and 479, 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

At most 15 of the 39 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered from 300 to 479 may be replaced by appropriate non-introductory courses in the natural sciences (see below).

In addition, students must demonstrate an understanding of algorithms and logic, as well as precision of thinking. Courses to satisfy this requirement are MATH 190, 301, 304, 305, 407; EE 160; ICS 110c, 110d, 110p, 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