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College of Natural Science Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Programs Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Mathematics major is met by completing Mathematics 396 or 496 and Mathematics 309 or 310 or 418H. Those courses are referenced in items 3. c. (1) and 3. c. (3) below.
Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement. Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
The following requirements for the major:
The following courses outside the Department of Mathematics (13 credits):
One course of at least 3 credits in biological science, entomology, microbiology, physiology, plant biology, or zoology. At least 2 credits in laboratory in biological science, chemistry, entomology, microbiology, physics, physiology, plant biology, or zoology.
One of the following courses (4 credits):
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
One of the following courses (4 credits):
General and Descriptive Chemistry
Honors Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry I
Second–year competency in a foreign language
For students who have been admitted to the teacher certification program, first–year competency in a foreign language and completion of the Professional Education Courses in the Department of Teacher Education.
A total of 36 to 43 credits in courses in the Department of Mathematics including (36 to 43 credits):
One course from each of the following two groups (6 to 8 credits):
Honors Calculus II
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Honors Multivariable Calculus
One of the following two groups (3 or 7 credits):
Linear Algebra I
Advanced Linear Algebra
The following course (3 credits):
Capstone in Mathematics
The completion of Mathematics 496 fulfills the department's capstone course requirement. Students in the teacher certification program may substitute Mathematics 396 Capstone in Mathematics for Secondary Education for Mathematics 496.
A total of 27 credits in approved Mathematics courses at the 300–level or above. At least 4 of the approved Mathematics courses must be at the 400–level or above. Mathematics 415, 424, and 443 may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the major. Students may use no more than one of MTH 309, 314, 317H to satisfy this requirement. One course from a list of approved cognates available in the Department of Mathematics may be used to satisfy this requirement. Statistics and Probability 430 is required for students in the teacher certification program. Either Statistics and Probability 430 or 441 may be substituted for one 300-level mathematics course. The 300-400 level courses referenced in item 3. c. partially satisfy this requirement.
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
Abstract Algebra I and Number Theory
Abstract Algebra II
Honors Algebra I
Honors Algebra II
Students may not satisfy this requirement with the combination of MTH 411 and MTH 418H.
One course from each of the following groups of courses (6 credits):
Honors Introduction to Analysis
Honors Analysis II
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Ordinary Differential Equations I
Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations
Students in the teacher certification program must take either Mathematics 330 or 432. Students not in the teacher certification program must take Mathematics 340 or 347H. Students not in the teacher certification program with prior credit in Mathematics 235 or 255H may substitute an approved 400-level Mathematics course for Mathematics 340.
Mathematics, BA (3744)Required Credits: 120 Program Version: FS16
Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Mathematics - BA - Calculus I
Major - Mathematics - BA - Calculus I: 1 course from MTH132, MTH152H, LB118
Requirement 12: Major - Mathematics - BA - Calculus II
Major - Mathematics - BA - Calculus II: 1 course from MTH133, MTH153H, LB119
Requirement 13: Major - Mathematics - BA - Multivariable Calculus
Major - Mathematics - BA - Multivariable Calculus: 1 course from MTH234, MTH254H, LB220
Requirement 14: Major - Mathematics - BA - Transitions and Linear Algebra
Major - Mathematics - BA - Transitions and Linear Algebra: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Advanced Linear Algebra: 1. Advanced Linear Algebra: 3 credits from MTH317H
Transitions and Linear Algebra: 2. Transitions and Linear Algebra: 7 credits from MTH299, MTH309
Requirement 15: Major - Mathematics - BA - Capstone in Mathematics
Major - Mathematics - BA - Capstone in Mathematics: 1 course from MTH496
Requirement 16: Major - Mathematics - BA - Physics
Major - Mathematics - BA - Physics: 1 course from PHY183, LB273
Requirement 17: Major - Mathematics - BA - Algebra I and II
Major - Mathematics - BA - Algebra I and II: 2 courses from MTH310, MTH411, MTH418H, MTH419H
Major - Mathematics - BA - Algebra I and II: No more than 3 credits from MTH411, MTH418H in Requirement(s) 17
Requirement 18: Major - Mathematics - BA - Analysis I and II
Major - Mathematics - BA - Analysis I and II: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH320, MTH327H
At least 1 course from MTH421, MTH429H
Requirement 19: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: A total 27 credits
At least 15 credits from Mathematics courses at the level of 300 or above
At least 12 credits from Mathematics courses at the level 400 or above
Requirement 20: College - Natural Science - Science
College - Natural Science - Science: 2 credits from courses in biological science, botany and plant pathology, entomology, microbiology, physiology, or zoology, including at least one laboratory experience.
Requirement 21: College - Natural Science -Chemistry
College - Natural Science -Chemistry: 1 course from CEM141, CEM181H, CEM151, LB171
Requirement 22: College - Natural Science - Foreign Language
College - Natural Science - Foreign Language: 4 courses from Second year competency in a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300-level foreign language course based on the MSU placement test.
Requirement 23: College - Natural Science - Arts and Letters or Social Science
College - Natural Science - Arts and Letters or Social Science: 6 credits from courses in the arts and humanities or the social, behavioral and economic sciences beyond the credits that are counted toward the University's Integrative Studies requirement.
Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.
Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.