Requirements for the BS in Mathematics

Wprofessor standing at front of classroome offer a major in mathematics that awards a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

The major in mathematics requires the successful completion of 36 to 37 semester hours, including the core mathematics courses, a specific track, ancillary courses, and a minor.

A complete list of the requirements for the major are listed in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

NOTE: If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, be sure to look up requirements in the catalog that correspond to your enrollment date.

Major concentrations

Students who wish to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of study within the mathematical sciences may elect to organize their coursework around the four concentrations listed below. Though not required, these concentrations allow the students to develop an area of specialization within the major and would be part of their required upper division sequence and/or electives listed in the major.

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Optimization
  • Mathematics Education*

*This track is open to all students and should be followed by those planning to enter the teaching profession in the future. Please note that this track does not lead to teacher certification. Students interested in earning teacher certification must be admitted through the College of Education. For more information, visit the course catalog.

Double Majors

Many mathematics majors choose to complete second majors in computer science, electrical engineering, economics, and finance, among other fields.

Opportunities for Mathematics Majors on Campus

Several of our majors enjoy on campus employment as tutors in the Mathematics Technology Learning Center (MTLC) or as graders for undergraduate courses. Students may apply for these positions at uastudentjobs.ua.edu.

The Department of Mathematics participates in the University Scholars Program (Accelerated Masters Program), allowing highly motivated students to pursue closely integrated undergraduate and graduate programs that may lead to the simultaneous completion of requirements for both master’s and bachelor’s degrees. 

What can I do with a Mathematics Major?

The Mathematics Association of America has a great deal of career resources for students majoring in Mathematics.