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The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of interests. All mathematics majors complete a basic core of required mathematics courses and then choose elective courses to tailor the program of study to meet their individual goals. Along with the standard program of study for the B.A. in mathematics, the department also offers a Concentration in Statistics and a Teachers Option. The Concentration in Statistics is designed to prepare students for careers in industry or for graduate study in statistics or data science. The Teachers Option requires students to choose courses that meet the requirements for state certification in mathematics.

Required Courses

All students seeking the B.A. in mathematics must complete the following six courses:

  • MATH 1510 - Calculus I
  • MATH 1520 - Calculus II
  • MATH 2530 - Calculus III (must be taken at Saint Louis University with a grade of at least “C”)
  • MATH 2660 - Principles of Mathematics
  • MATH 3120 - Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3850 - Foundations of Statistical Analysis.

Remaining Coursework

The remaining coursework will depend on the particular program of study chosen. The remaining requirements for the Concentration in Statistics and Teachers Option are described separately, below. Students must complete four additional 3000- or 4000-level MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3120, including at least two 4000-level MATH or STAT courses and one of the five sequences in fundamental areas of mathematics:

Additionally, students seeking the B.A. in mathematics are expected to learn basic computer programming and are required to complete either CSCI 1060 Scientific Programming or CSCI 1300 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming.

A GPA of 2.00 (“C” average) or higher is required in 3000- or 4000-level MATH and STAT courses counting toward the major.

Concentration in Statistics

The remaining coursework for students seeking the B.A. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics must include

along with two additional courses from the following list:

Students choosing the Concentration in Statistics must complete CSCI 1300 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming.

Teachers Option

The remaining coursework for students seeking the B.A. in Mathematics with the Teachers Option must include

along with one additional course chosen from the following list:

Students seeking the Teachers Option are not required to complete a course in computer programming.