School of Natural Sciences

Mathematics (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics gives a sound preparation in mathematics along with substantial background in the natural sciences. The BS in Mathematics will prepare students for a career in the actuarial field, statistics, or data analysis, or graduate study in mathematics, statistics, or related fields. The degree can be readily completed along with a degree in secondary education for students who wish to teach high school mathematics. With suitable electives, the degree may prepare a student for graduate study in computer science or careers in software development, management science, finance, or other areas in business or industry.  Students preparing for graduate study in mathematics are encouraged to take both sequences, MATH-M 403-404 and MATH-M 413-414.


Because the BS in Mathematics shares many courses with the BS in Secondary Education with a major in mathematics, it is straightforward to complete a double degree in these areas.  It is also not difficult to complete double degrees in Computer Science/Math-Science Option with the BS in Mathematics.  The BS in Mathematics can be combined with coursework in business for those interested in careers in actuarial science, finance, or management science.

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will acquire mathematical knowledge.
  2. Students will develop analytical and reasoning skills.
  3. Students will be prepared for further study and for careers in their field.

Mathematics BS Residency Requirement

The Mathematics Department enforces the IU Southeast Residency Requirement and School of Natural Sciences Residency Requirement with no additions.

Degree Program Admission Requirements

To be fully admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree program, students must meet the School of Natural Science's admission requirements and complete MATH-M 215 (Analytic Geometry with Calculus I) with a grade of C or better.

General Education Component

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must complete the campus General Education Core Requirements.  See General Education Component for all IU Southeast Bacalaureate Degrees for a complete listing of requirements.

Core Program

All courses listed below require a grade of C or better.  Courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be used to satisfy a General Education Core Requirement.

 Written Communication 

  • ENG-W 234* Technical Report Writing


  • MATH-M 380 History of Mathematics

Career Focus

  Choose one of the following

  • NATS-S 100 Introduction to Pre-Professional Science Studies
  • EDUC-F 200 Examining self as Teacher

    Choose one of the following

  • Two semesters of the same foreign language
  • Eight hours of courses in the School of Education
  • Eight hours in Computer Science above the CSCI-C 201-202 sequence already required by the BS in Mathematics

Science Requirements

  • BIOL Three (3) credit hours in Biology
  • CSCI-C 201 Computer Programming II
  • CSCI-C 202 Introduction to Software Systems

Student must choose one of two options:

Physics PHYS-P 221-222 or CHEM-C 105-125 and C106-126

  • PHYS-P 221* Physics I
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics II


  • CHEM-C 105* Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 125* Experimental Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II

Mathematics Core

  • MATH-M 215* Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH-M 216 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH-M 303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates
  • MATH-M 311 Calculus 3
  • MATH-M 360 Elements of Probability
  • MATH-M 366 Statistical Inference
  • MATH-M 391 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • MATH-M 403 Introduction to Modern Algebra I
  • MATH-M 413 Introduction to Analysis I

Choose one of the following

  • MATH-M 493 Senior Thesis in Mathematics
  • EDUC-F 401 Topical Exploration in Education

Mathematics Electives (Select 3 of the following.)

Note: Courses selected to satisfy the Written Communication Requirement and the Math Sequence Requirement may not double count as Mathematics Electives.

  • MATH-M 312 Calculus IV
  • MATH-M 313 Elementary Differential Equations with Applications
  • MATH-M 366 Elements of Statistical Inference
  • MATH-M 380 History of Mathematics
  • MATH-M 403 Introduction to Modern Algebra I
  • MATH-M 404 Introduction to Modern Algebra II
  • MATH-M 405 Number Theory
  • MATH-M 413 Introduction to Analysis I
  • MATH-M 414 Introduction to Analysis II
  • MATH-M 415 Elementary Complex Variables with Applications
  • MATH-M 421 Elementary Topology I
  • MATH-M 422 Elementary Topology II
  • MATH-M 435 Introduction to Differential Geometry
  • MATH-M 436 Introduction to Geometries
  • MATH-M 471 Numerical Analysis I

Because the B.S. in Secondary Education (teaching major in mathematics) requires a substantial amount of mathematics, it is straightforward to complete a B.S. in Mathematics as well as the B.S. in Secondary Education by completing the latter degree and taking several additional courses. Likewise, it is straightforward to complete the B.S. in Mathematics along with the B.S. in Computer Science (Mathematics/Science Option), by completing the latter degree and taking several additional courses. Students pursuing either option will receive a double degree (not a double major) by completing all required courses for each degree.  Please contact the Mathematics Department advisor for more information.

General & Upper-Level Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and 30 credit hours at the 300-level or above.  Elective courses may be necessary to complete the minimum credit hour requirements.

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