Degree Requirements

Mathematics Programs

Separate programs lead to the B.A. in mathematics and the B.S. in mathematics. The B.A. has fewer mathematics course requirements and more general education requirements. The B.S. requires more mathematics courses, an applied mathematics concentration, and fewer general education courses. Students wishing to attend graduate school in mathematics or to pursue a career that makes substantial use of mathematics (as an actuary, for example) should get a B.S. in mathematics. Many students majoring in mathematics are interested in a liberal arts degree; such students may want to consider the B.A. in mathematics. Students who wish to teach mathematics in high school should pursue a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics while participating in the UKanTeach program.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

First- and Second-Year Preparation 18 hours
Core Requirements 12-13 hours
  • Linear Algebra: MATH 590 Linear Algebra (3) or
    MATH 790 Linear Algebra II (3)
  • Analysis: MATH 500 Intermediate Analysis (3) or
    MATH 765 Mathematical Analysis I (3)
  • Algebra: MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3) or
    MATH 791 Modern Algebra (3)
  • Statistics: MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) or
    MATH 628 Mathematical Theory of Statistics (3) or
    MATH 728 Statistical Theory (3)
Mathematics Concentration/Sequence Requirements 6-12 hours
  • One 2-course sequence from List A and a second 2-course sequence from either List A or List B
Electives 0-6 hours
  • Up to 2 additional 3-credit-hour courses to complete a total of 24 credit hours of mathematics courses numbered MATH 450 and above.
Applied Concentration 8 hours
  • 3 courses, totaling at least 8 credit hours, that make significant use of mathematics. At least 2 courses must be in the same area. Courses from List C have been approved for this requirement. Other upper-division courses making significant use of mathematics can be used for the applied concentration with the approval of a mathematics department advisor.

Note: Many of these courses have prerequisites that do not count toward the mathematics major.

Minimum Major Requirements

42 hours

Applied Concentration: 8 hours

General Education Requirements: 46-50 hours

Completion of the University Core Curriculum

  • Writing: ENGL 101 (3) or exemption; and ENGL 102 (3) or ENGL 105 (3) or exemption.
  • Computer Science: EECS 138 (3) or EECS 168 (4) or EECS 169 (4)
  • Natural Science: 1 course with laboratory (4-5 hours) and one additional course (3-5 hours) in a natural science other than mathematics. (7-10)

List A Sequences

List B Sequences

  • MATH 500 Intermediate Analysis (3) and MATH 646 Complex Variable and Applications (3)
  • MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) and MATH 605 Applied Regression Analysis (3)
  • MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I (3) and MATH 611 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 540 Elementary Number Theory (3) and MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3)
  • MATH 558 Introductory Modern Algebra (3) and MATH 601 Algebraic Coding Theory (3)
  • MATH 540 Elementary Number Theory (3) and MATH 791 Modern Algebra (3)
  • MATH 581 Numerical Methods (3) and MATH 591 Applied Numerical Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 590 Linear Algebra (3) and MATH 790 Linear Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 601 Algebraic Coding Theory (3) and MATH 791 Modern Algebra (3)
  • MATH 605 Applied Regression Analysis (3) and MATH 611 Time Series Analysis (3)
  • MATH 646 Complex Variables and Applications (3) and MATH 647 Applied Partial Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 646 Complex Variables and Applications (3) and MATH 765 Mathematical Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 647 Applied Partial Differential Equations (3) and MATH 648 Calculus of Variations and Integral Equations (3)
  • MATH 724 Combinatorial Mathematics (3) and MATH 725 Graph Theory (3)

List C Applied Concentration Courses

Notes: A student using at least 2 statistics courses for the applied concentration must complete MATH 627 and MATH 628 (or MATH 727 and MATH 728) as a List A sequence. (MATH 627, 628, 727, and 728 do not count for the applied concentration.) A student using at least 2 curriculum & instruction courses for the applied concentration must complete PHSX 211 as one of the natural science courses and must complete at least 1 of the geometry courses MATH 559, MATH 660, or MATH 661.

Courses used to satisfy the core requirements can also be used to complete List A and List B sequences. However, no course can be used for 2 List A or B sequences, and courses used for the Applied Concentration requirement cannot also be counted toward the 24 credit hours of advanced mathematics courses for the B.S. degree.

Some courses satisfying the sequence requirements are taught infrequently. More advanced courses can be substituted for lower level courses in many cases. Consult the mathematics department for expected course offerings and substitutions.

Contact Info

Department of Mathematics

Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 405
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3651
http://www.math.ku.edu/
Daniel Katz, Chair
785-864-3651
dlk@math.ku.edu

Department of Mathematics

Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 405
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3651
http://www.math.ku.edu/
Margaret Bayer, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-3651
bayer@math.ku.edu

Department of Mathematics

Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 405
Lawrence, KS 66045-7514
785-864-3651
http://www.math.ku.edu/
Milana Stanislavova, Academic Director, Graduate Studies
785-864-5159
Jeremy Martin, Admissions Director, Graduate Studies
785-864-4369
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