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Math Major

Undergraduate Degree Programs:



Math Major: Degree Requirements

Mathematics majors must complete at least 39 hours of approved courses in the mathematical sciences, plus a capstone requirement. For the bachelor of arts degree and the bachelor of science degree, the required courses are: MATH 155, 156, 251, 283, 343 or 441, 222 or 420, STAT 215 or 461, and two additional upper-division courses. These two courses may be selected from those numbered above 200 with the exclusion of MATH 231, 331, 332, and 455. It may be possible to substitute one of the two additional courses with an upper-division course offered by another department. The content of such a course must be at an advanced level mathematically and its acceptability will require prior departmental approval.

In addition, for the B.A. degree, students must take at least one of MATH 261 and 378 and at least two from MATH 341, 381, 451, 456. For the B.S. degree, students must complete MATH 261 and 451 and take at least one course from MATH 341, 381, 456. Students completing the B.A. program must complete WVU GEC requirements, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences B.A. requirements, major requirements (above), and electives to total 128 hours. Students completing the B.S. program must complete WVU GEC requirements, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences B.S. requirements, major requirements (above), and electives to total 128 hours. Successful completion of the major requires that the student receive at least a grade of C in each of the required mathematics courses presented for the degree, or a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in the courses numbered above 200. An upper-division mathematics course for which the grade is lower than C (including a grade of W) may be repeated only once. In this case, the second grade is used to compute the mathematics grade point average and determine whether the 2.25 average is satisfied. A student with a valid medical or emergency reason for failing to receive an acceptable grade in two attempts may petition the Mathematics Academic Standards Committee for permission to register a third time.

Recommended Electives

Students should choose a computer science elective so that they can achieve
programming proficiency. Programming skills are a prerequisite for MATH 420. Elective courses are selected in consultation with a departmental advisor; they should be based on interests and goals.

Official Catalog

For the official catalog description of our BA and BS degree requirements, please see Official Catalog and click on the appropriate tabs.