Program Information

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Requirements for a major

Students may choose to pursue a major in mathematics with a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. program, which requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of mathematics, allows a great deal of flexibility for persons interested in combining the major program with a strong minor or double major in another discipline. The B.S. program, which requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of mathematics, is recommended for students interested in scientific applications or further study in mathematics on the graduate level.

  • Mathematics Core (B.A. and B.S.): MATH 115 (or 114), 116, 215, 250, 310, 411W,
    and 415W.
    A grade of C or better must be achieved in all mathematics core
    courses. Remaining math courses must be taken at the 300 level or above.
  • Computer Programming Requirement (B.A. and B.S.):
    - Recommended: Scientific Programming: Java (COSC 160), counts towards Computer Science major/minor, OR
    - Scientific Programming: C++ (COSC 150), does not count toward Computer Science major/minor, OR
    - Introduction to Python Programming: (COSC 170), does not count toward Computer Science major/minor.
  • Additional B.S. Mathematics Requirements:
    i. Applications component: At least one course chosen from MATH 301, 308, and 314.
    ii. Theoretical component: At least two courses chosen from MATH 410, 412W, 416W, 420W, and 423W.
    iii. Science component: At least one sequence chosen from the three options: BIOL 111-113 & 112-114, CHEM 121-122, or PHYS 211 & 212.

Which degree is right for you?

The B.A. in Mathematics provides maximum flexibility for students interested in pursuing:

  • Dual degrees
  • Double majors
  • Business certificates

The B.S. in Mathematics is more focused and intense. It is primarily for students whose career interests require:

  • A greater breadth and/or depth in mathematics
  • A strong background in science or statistics

The B.S. in Applied Mathematics is also more focused on upper level mathematics courses with an emphasis on applications. It is primarily for students whose career interests require:

  • Double majors in science, engineering, or business.
  • A strong background statistics.
  • A stronger focus on applications.

Minoring in Mathematics at Duquesne

The minimum requirements for a minor in mathematics are:

  • Calculus I and II (MATH 115 & 116)
  • Nine additional credits of mathematics courses at the 200 level or above, with at least three of these nine credits at the 300 level or above.
    • These nine credits could also include MATH 135 (if it is not combined with MATH 250), and PHYS 350.

A complete list of courses offered is also available.