Mathematics (B.S.)

Mathematics (B.S.)
Teaching students math

At PSU Math, student success is our highest priority.

We are devoted to helping you succeed in college and begin your career. PSU Math delivers high impact education. Math is an ancient and evolving field, and thus covering math content alone is not enough. We help you learn how to learn and how to question the world around you. We employ modern teaching practices and create many opportunities for exploration and collaboration.

Opportunities and support for math majors include:

The mathematics major delivers a balanced survey of classical and modern math. Computational courses begin with calculus and culminate in mathematical and statistical modeling. Theoretical courses begin with proof writing and culminate in abstract algebra and real analysis. Collaboration, communication, and perseverance are emphasized throughout the major.  Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for a large variety of careers, as they are trained creative problem solvers.


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Curriculum & Requirements

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
MA 2450Mathematical Reasoning4
MA 2550Calculus I (QRCO)4
MA 2560Calculus II (QRCO)4
MA 2700Introduction to Mathematical Proof Writing (WRCO)3
MA 3500Probability and Statistics for Scientists3
MA 3540Calculus III4
MA 3600Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MA 4110Mathematical Expositions3
MA 4140Abstract Algebra (WRCO)3
MA 4510Introduction to Analysis3
Mathematics Electives: Additional Mathematics Courses at 3000 or higher (minimum 6 credits)
Computer Science Electives - Complete two courses: 5-7
CS 2010
Computing Fundamentals (TECO)
CS 2370
Introduction to Programming
CS 2400
Scientific Programming
CS 2470
Systems Programming in C/C++
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 14-8
DICODiversity Connection3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection3-4
INCPIntegrated Capstone3-4
WECOWellness Connection3-4
Total Credits120

Directions should total 20 credits (unless the major has a waiver for a specific Direction).

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives). 

BS Mathematics

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
MA 2450 Mathematical Reasoning 4
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO) 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
MA 2700 Introduction to Mathematical Proof Writing (WRCO) 3
MA 2560
or MA 2550
Calculus II (QRCO)
or Calculus I (QRCO)
EN 1400 Composition 4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
Year Two
MA 3600 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
Elective 3
MA 3540 Calculus III 4
Computer Science Elective 3
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Elective 3-4
Year Three
MA 3500 Probability and Statistics for Scientists 3
MA 3355 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (TECO) 4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 4-8
Computer Science Elective 3
Elective 3-4
MA 4140 Abstract Algebra (WRCO) 3
Upper Level Mathematics Elective 3-4
GACOGlobal Awareness Connection 3-4
Electives 3-4
Year Four
MA 4510 Introduction to Analysis 3
INCPIntegrated Capstone 3-4
Electives 9
MA 4110 Mathematical Expositions 3
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
Electives 9-10
Upper Level Mathematics Elective 3-4
 Total Credits120

Required for the Option


Directions should total 20 credits (unless the major has a waiver for a specific Direction).

  • The ability to communicate mathematics.
  • Facility with technology.
  • The ability to understand proofs.
  • The understanding of mathematical structures, their properties, and their applications.
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural development of mathematical systems.

A major in mathematics is a good preparation for a variety of careers, especially careers that require the ability to reason carefully and express oneself clearly. Many mathematicians have job titles that do not directly reference the relevant math skills (see list below). Plymouth State’s mathematics program provides student with sufficient background in theory and practice so they may pursue graduate work, research, teaching in the secondary schools, and various types of industry.
Sample Jobs include, but are not limited to: Mathematical Scientist, Actuary, Teacher, Engineer, Game Designer, Supply Chain Analyst, Retirement Plan Designer, Numerical Analyst, Financial Planner, Data Base Manager, Cryptologist, Forensic Analyst, Computer Research Scientist, Physician, Information Scientist, Bioinformatician, Quality Control Analyst, Economist, Information Systems Analyst, Robotics Engineer, Cost Estimator, Epidemiologist, Software Engineer, Risk Analyst, Claims Specialist, Controller, Quantitative Pharmacologist, Forecast Analyst, Environmental Scientist, Data Engineer, Auditor, Budget Analyst, Systems Modeler, Methods Developer, Scientific Consultant, Underwriter, Geomagnetic Engineer, Forest/Fisheries Scientist, Mathematical Biologist, Modeler
See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook for a complete list.
Useful Skills for Jobs in the Mathematics Fields:
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • Ability to analyze problems and make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Strong organization skills
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Areas of Expertise

  • Linear Models and Regression
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Experimental Design
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Data Mining

Statistical Software

  • Minitab
  • SPSS
  • R
  • Excel
  • Weka
  • ArcGIS

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