Mathematics (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Mathematics
Program Code: 3424

About This Major . . .

Mathematics majors get jobs in a wide variety of areas.  Our graduates have worked for local businesses, have run their own businesses, and have worked for scientific companies.  Other graduates have continued their educations by attending graduate school (in mathematics, computer science and engineering), law school, medical school, and veterinary school. 

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource and the Mathematics website.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Construct multi-step problem-solving strategies and communicate solutions effectively in written form. (Specialized Knowledge, Quantitative Fluency)
  2. Use mathematical software (including calculators) to aid in problem-solving and investigation, and recognize its limitations. (Applied Learning)
  3. Prove propositions deductively from definitions and theorems, using clear and precise prose. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Investigate, discuss, and respond to ethical and social challenges in a mathematical context. (Communication Fluency, Personal and Social Responsibility, Information Literacy)
  5. Research an advanced topic in mathematics and deliver written and oral presentations. (Specialized Knowledge, Communication Fluency, Information Literacy)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 151Calculus I-GT-MA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of "C" or better and must be complete by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 5 credit course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 2 credits apply to electives.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

MATH 152Calculus II5
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13
Total Semester Credit Hours8

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(43-46 semester hours, must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the coursework in this area.  At most one “D” may be used in completing major requirements.)

Core Courses
MATH 150Topics and Careers in Mathematics1
MATH 225Computational Linear Algebra3
MATH 253Calculus III4
MATH 492Senior Capstone3
Select one of the following:4
Beginning Programming
and Beginning Programming Laboratory
CS1: Foundations of Computer Science
Introduction to Engineering Computer Science
Concentration Courses
MATH 240Introduction to Advanced Mathematics4
MATH 310Number Theory3
MATH 352Advanced Calculus3
MATH 452Introduction to Real Analysis I3
MATH 490Abstract Algebra I3
Total Semester Credit Hours31
Concentration Electives
Select four of the following: 112-15
Differential Equations
Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Numerical Analysis
Fourier Analysis
Mathematical Modeling
Methods of Applied Mathematics II
Discrete Structures I
Introduction to Topology
Mathematical Logic
Complex Variables
Advanced Linear Algebra
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Methods of Applied Mathematics III
Abstract Algebra II
Computational Statistics
Mathematical Statistics I
Total Semester Credit Hours12-15

At least one selected course must be at the 400-level. At most one topics course, which must be 3 semester hours, can be used as one of these four courses.

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 29-32 semester hours; 10-15 hours of upper division may be needed.

MATH 151Calculus I-GT-MA12
Select additional electives27-30
Total Semester Credit Hours29-32

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 117-124 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of the degree, including satisfactory completion of all required courses. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MATH 151 Calculus I-GT-MA1 5
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINA Activity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
MATH 150 Topics and Careers in Mathematics 1
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
Select one of the following: 4
Beginning Programming
and Beginning Programming Laboratory
CS1: Foundations of Computer Science
Introduction to Engineering Computer Science
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
MATH 240 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 4
MATH 253 Calculus III 4
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - History 3
STAT 200 Probability and Statistics-GTMA1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
MATH 225 Computational Linear Algebra 3
MATH 352 Advanced Calculus 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
General Electives 6
MATH 310 Number Theory 3
MATH 452 Introduction to Real Analysis I 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MATH 490 Abstract Algebra I 3
Concentration Elective 3-4
General Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Concentration Elective 3-4
Concentration Elective, 400-level 3-4
General Elective 3
MATH 492 Senior Capstone 3
 Semester Credit Hours12-14
Spring Semester
Concentration Elective 3-4
General Electives 6-9
 Semester Credit Hours9-13
 Total Semester Credit Hours117-124

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.