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Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics help you prepare for employment in business and industry, teaching in secondary schools, or study for advanced degrees.
A Mathematics major prepares you for work in fields where a strong quantitative background is required, as well as for graduate study in the mathematical sciences. In addition, if you choose to pursue a second major in secondary education, then you will be prepared to teach mathematics in middle/high school.
For information on earning a Research Certificate in Mathematics, see the Program Descriptions section in this catalog.
For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Mathematics in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree Program and the School of education page in this catalog. Note: The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Science. See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree:
- students will be able to reason mathematically and be good problem solvers.
- students will understand the role mathematics has played in solving important problems in a variety of disciplines, e.g. physics, engineering, and business.
- students who complete the Mathematics major will understand the fundamental concepts in algebra and analysis, and the value of mathematical proofs, and be able to do simple proofs.
- students who pursue the double degree in secondary education will have mastered the fundamental concepts necessary to obtain certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools.
- This program is available on-campus
Declaring this Major:
To earn a B.S. with a major in Mathematics, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above.
General Education Requirements: Credits 33
- Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description. Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major. A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.
English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6
In addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100) or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course. You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course. Courses meeting these requirements require a grade of C- or better. Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.
Language: Credits 6
You must complete two courses at the first-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency). Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.
Student Success Seminar: Credit 1
Core (Major) Courses: Credits 45-46
Math Elective Courses: Credits 6-7
Choose two courses from the following list:
Science Courses: Credits 11
Choose three science courses from list below- two of the courses must include a lab:
- Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.
You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.