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Degree Requirements

Mathematics Major

A degree in mathematics should prepare students to enter either graduate studies or the workforce with a skill set that could only come from an intense study of both quantitative reasoning and rigorous proof. This can be accomplished by focusing on the following goals for our undergraduate major:

  1. Develop mathematical thinking and communication skills

  2. Develop skills with a variety of technological tools

  3. Provide a broad view of the mathematical sciences

  4. Require study in depth

Degree Requirements 

The required lower division core courses for a mathematics major are Calculus 1, II, and III (MATH 2200, 2205, 2210), Applied Differential Equations I (MATH 2310), Elementary Linear Algebra (MATH 2250), and the Math Major Seminar (MATH 2800).

At the upper division, all mathematics majors must take Analysis 1: Elementary Real Analysis (MATH 3205), Algebra 1 (MATH 3500) and Introduction to Scientific Computing (MATH 3340). These courses, known as the transition courses, introduce students to the three main areas of mathematical research currently represented in the department.

Mathematics majors must select one two-course sequence (MATH 4200/4205, MATH 4510/4520, or MATH 4340/4440) that builds on one of the transition courses. This sequence gives the student an opportunity to study one of these areas in greater depth.

Finally, an additional 12 credits of upper division courses (3000 and above) are required. It is recommended that these courses be selected to provide a broad view of mathematics.

Total credits: 47. All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.


  • The core courses should be completed as soon as possible, ideally within the first four semesters. This means that majors will need to take more than one math course during some semesters.
  • The first of the three transitions courses should be taken within the first four semesters. This will enable the depth sequence to be completed by the end of the junior year.
  • The two remaining transitions courses and the four breadth courses can then be easily completed in the final four semesters of the student's program.

Mathematics, BS - 4 year plan

Math Minor 

The minor requires 29 credits, taken from three areas.

  1. Math Core: Calculus 1 , Calculus II, Calculus III (MATH 2200, 2205, 2210), Elementary Linear Algebra (MATH 2250), Applied Differential Equations I (MATH 2310), and the Math Majors Seminar (MATH 2800). 20 credits.
  2. One Transition course: Either Analysis I: Elementary Real Analysis (MATH 3205), or Algebra I (MATH 3500), or Introduction to Scientific Computing (MATH 3340). 3 credits.
  3. Two Depth/Breadth courses: 2 math 3000+ level courses. (Credits must be from Math.) 6 credits.

All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Other Options for Majoring in Math

If you are majoring in another field, but really like mathematics (or find that you are taking a lot of math anyway), consider a concurrent major, dual degree, or minoring in math. There have been many physics majors and engineers who have done this, and we also have had dual majors who were in philosophy, modern languages, and computer science. A second possibility is to graduate with one major, then return for a Second Bachelor's Degree in mathematics. This usually requires more time and coursework; talk to an advisor at the Center for Academic Advising or the Math Department about your options.

Concurrent Major
Students may pursue a concurrent major in one or more colleges. Only one degree (BA, BS, etc.) will be awarded from the college of the primary major. All university curricular requirements, including the University Studies Program requirements, must be met only once. Requirements for secondary major(s) will be established by the academic departments and may include college requirements, in addition to all major requirements. An academic adviser in each major is required and each adviser must review requirements. The degree will be granted on one date only and only one diploma will be awarded. Both majors will be indicated on the academic transcript and diploma.

Dual Degree
It is possible to pursue degrees in one or more colleges. The university requirements and University Studies Program requirements must be met only once. Students must meet the all college and major requirements of both majors. Students must complete an additional 30 semester hours from the University of Wyoming, 12 of which must be in upper-division (junior/senior-level) or graduate-level courses beyond the credit hour requirement for the degree with the minimum number of credit hours required. An academic adviser in each major is required and each adviser must review requirements. Multiple degrees and multiple diplomas will be awarded; however, the completion date must be the same. Both colleges, degrees, and majors will be indicated on the academic transcript.

Distributed Major - Mathematics and Science (B.A. or B.S.)

The 48 hours for the major must be earned in at least four of the participating departments (anthropology, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and geophysics, mathematics, physics and astronomy, psychology, statistics, and zoology and physiology), with a minimum distribution of 8 credit hours in each of the four core departments. One of the four departments may be outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, if in a related science/math area. At least 24 hours of upper-division course work must be earned in at least three of the core departments with a minimum of 3 hours in each of the three departments. Of the 48 hours, 39 must be a C grade or better, and all courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade unless offered for S/U only. At least 12 hours applied toward a minor must be from courses outside a core department. Nine hours of upper division courses outside the department/program as required in the A&S Core must be outside the first department of emphasis and not cross listed with courses in that department.

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