Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Mathematics B.S. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Virgil U. Pierce, Ph.D., School Director

Location: Ross Hall 2239

Telephone: 970.351.2820

Website: www.unco.edu/NHS/mathsci

Advising Information

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1.  Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

All undergraduate programs require a core of common courses to provide students with a solid foundation in the mathematical sciences. Thereafter, students can choose from three different emphasis areas depending on their educational interests and goals.

This program permits students to acquire the standard concepts of undergraduate mathematics including calculus, real and complex analysis, differential equations, linear and abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics. Graduates will be prepared to enter a graduate program in mathematics or some other related discipline such as statistics. They may also begin a career in a variety of quantitative settings, including branches of engineering, physical and social science, finance and management, law and medicine.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 131 (4) or MATH 132 (4) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 51 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CS 120Introduction to Programming


CS 160Structured Programming


MATH 131Calculus ILAX1


MATH 132Calculus IILAX1


MATH 221Elementary Linear Algebra


MATH 228Discrete Mathematics


MATH 233Calculus III


MATH 321Introduction to Abstract Algebra I


MATH 322Introduction to Abstract Algebra II


MATH 335Differential Equations I


MATH 350Elementary Probability Theory


MATH 431Basic Analysis I


MATH 432Basic Analysis II


MATH 460Introduction to Complex Analysis


MATH 495Topics in Mathematics

1- 3

MATH 131 and MATH 132 satisfy LAC Mathematics.

Note: MATH 495 - Take 3 credits.

3. University-Wide Credits — 38 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 38 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.