Major requirements

[This information is subject to change. See the University Catalog for supplementary information.] The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers work leading to the B.A. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics. The B.S. program is designed to provide more intense specialization and emphasize the relationship of mathematics to the other scientific disciplines and to computer science.  It is especially valuable for students who are interested in working in fields involving applications of mathematics.
Bachelor of Arts requirements
Students must complete 21 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered above 300, including:
  • Math 321
  • Math 480
  • 3 credit hours in a writing-intensive mathematics course
  • 6 credit hours in courses numbered above 400
  • 3 credit hours in a 400-level core course listed below
Bachelor of Science requirements
A minimum of 39 credit hours is required. Students must complete 24 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered above 300 and 15 credit hours in additional upper division mathematics courses or appropriate non-introductory courses in the natural or information sciences, including:
  • Math 321
  • Math 480
  • 6 credit hours in writing-intensive mathematics courses
  • 3 credit hours in a 400-level core course listed below
In addition, students must demonstrate the ability to program scientific problems on a computer by taking one of Math 190, Math 304, Math 305, Math 407, EE 160, ICS 111, or ICS 211 (Credits for ICS 211 or Math 407 may be included among the 15 additional credit hours.) (This set of courses is approved by the Associate Chair for Teaching, last done in 2014 by J.B. Nation.)

Additional information for BA and BS mathematics majors

  • The approved core courses are Math 405, 411, 420, 421, 431, 443, 444, 454, 455, 471 and 475.
  • Only two of Math 301, 371, and 373 may be counted toward major requirements. Only one of Math 307 and 311 may be counted toward major requirements.
  • All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • A cumulative 2.0 GPA in completed upper division mathematics courses is required.
  • 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 B.S. 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 abovein:
    • Biology
    • Bioengineering
    • Botany
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Geology and Geophysics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Meteorology
    • Microbiology
    • Oceanography
    • Zoology

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 credit, then the non-mathematics course paired with it may not be used to satisfy the related 15 hours. Neither may both courses in a pair be used to satisfy the related 15 hours.
  • Math 302 and ME 403
  • Math 303 and Phys 400
  • Math 373 and ICS 471
  • Math 407 and (CEE 417, ME 360 or Phys 305)
  • Math 471 and EE 342
  • ICS 412 and EE 468
  • ICS 471 and Math 373
  • Phys 305 and (CEE 417, Math 407 or ME 360)
  • Phys 400 and Math 303
  • Phys 430 and ME 311
  • CEE 417 and (Math 407, ME 360 or Phys 305)
  • EE 342 and Math 471
  • EE 468 and ICS 412
  • ME 311 and Phys 430
  • ME 360 and (CEE 417, Math 407 or Phys 305)
  • ME 403 and Math 302

What's next?

If you are interested in majoring in mathematics, please ask to see an adviser in Keller Hall 419, to discuss your interests, plans and possible courses. If you are a math major, you must see an adviser once a year. First fill out and submit the advising form math.hawaii.edu/advising. Then see an advisor, Prof. Jovovich (Assoc. Chair), Prof. Dovermann, Prof. Myers or attend a mass-advising pizza party (TBA).