Program Information

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Mathematics BA/BS Requirements

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. A grade of C or better must be achieved in all mathematics core courses.

Mathematics Core (B.A. and B.S.):

  • MATH 115: Calculus I (4 cr)
  • MATH 116: Calculus II (4 cr)
  • MATH 215: Calculus III (4 cr)
  • MATH 250: Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr)
  • MATH 310: Linear Algebra (3 cr)
  • MATH 411W: Abstract Algebra I (3 cr)
  • MATH 415W: Real Analysis I (3 cr)

Computer Programming Requirement (B.A. and B.S.): All Applied Mathematics majors must take a 3-credit programming course chosen from one of the following. NOTE: only COSC 160 counts towards the Computer Science major/minor).

  • COSC 150: Computer Programming: C++
  • COSC 160: Computer Programming: Java
  • COSC 170: Computer Programming: Python

Additional B.A. Mathematics Requirements:

  • 9 additional MATH credits at the 300 level or above

The B.A. major must also adhere the college core for the Bachelors of Arts

Additional B.S. Mathematics Requirements:

  • 15 additional MATH credits at the 300-400 level or above that adhere to the following guidelines.

Applications component: At least one course chosen from

  • MATH 301: Probability and Statistics I (3 cr)
  • MATH 308: Numerical Analysis (3 cr)
  • MATH 314: Differential Equations (3 cr)

Theoretical component: At least two courses chosen from

  • MATH 410: Advanced Linear Algebra (3 cr)
  • MATH 412W: Abstract Algebra II (3 cr)
  • MATH 416W: Real Analysis II (3 cr)
  • MATH 420W: Complex Variables (3 cr)
  • MATH 423W: Topology (3 cr)

Science Requirement: All Math B.S. majors must take at least 8 credits in science coursework that includes one sequence (and corresponding labs) chosen from: BIOL 111-112, BIOL 115-117, CHEM 121-122, or PHYS 211-212.  

The B.S. major must also adhere the college core for the Bachelor of Science

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.