Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Degree Requirement Details

Program Overview

We offer

  • Mathematics Major B.S. Mathematics concentration
  • Mathematics Major B.S. Statistics concentration
  • Mathematics Major B.A. High School Teaching Licensure concentration
    (Note: The Licensure concentration began in Fall 2015. Prior to that, we had a B.A.-H.S. program.)
  • Mathematics Major B.A.
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Statistics Minor

The B.A. program is more flexible than the B.S. program. It allows one to specialize in mathematics and at the same time either to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area (possibly even taking a second major). The B.S. program is more technically oriented; it provides solid preparation for work or study in mathematics or a related field. Students interested in graduate school should get the B.S. degree.

The Undergraduate Bulletin should be consulted for detailed requirements, including the allowable electives. We outline the MAT/STA requirements on our Programs page. See our Courses page for a brief description of the courses.

Selected Details

  1. The degree requires 122 hours of coursework.
    • Meeting the minimum required GEC/CAR and major courses will not attain the required 122 hours.
    • Encourage your advisee to consider using these required hours to pursue a minor or double major.
  2. The degree requires 36 hours at 300 level or above.
    • Meeting the minimum required GEC/CAR and major courses will not attain the required 36 hours.
    • These courses can be in mathematics or some other discipline.
    • After completing the major requirements, an additional 2-3 upper level courses (3 sh each) are required for the B.S. Mathematics concentration, 4-5 courses for the B.S. Statistics concentration, or 6 courses for the B.A. degree.
  3. MAT 490 Senior Seminar (1 sh) is our Speaking Intensive (SI) course that fulfills the required second SI course within the major.
  4. MAT 311 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3 sh) and STA 301 Statistical Methods (3 sh) are our Writing Intensive (WI) courses that fulfill the required second WI course within the major. Students should select the course based on their concentration.
  5. The GEC/CAR natural science requirement is for 3 Natural Science (GNS) courses, including 1 lab, including some Physical Science (GPS) and Life Science (GLS) courses. The BS mathematics concentration requires 2 of these science courses to be one of the following sequences.
    • PHY 291 & 292, which can be taken after MAT 191
    • CHEM 111, 112, 114, & 115
    • BIO 111 & 112
    Each of these sequences is 8 sh and include lab components.
  6. All students, including transfer students, are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. This can be done through successful completion of the 101, 102, 203, 204 sequence of the language or by placement exams.
  7. All majors should be encouraged to learn a programming language. Basic knowledge can be obtained through coursework, such as CSC 130, or learned independently. Knowledge of a programming language is important for future job prospects. CSC 130 is required for B.S. statistics concentration. For others, it will ease the transition to MAT 253.
  8. Proper timing of coursework will help a student progress through the degree. For example, MAT 253 should be taken in the student's 2nd or 3rd semester as an early introduction to rigor. For B.S. mathematics concentration and B.A. students, MAT 311 and MAT 395 should be taken the year prior to graduation to allow time for the 500 level requirement and elective coursework. MAT 490 should be taken in the student's final year at UNCG.
  9. For the first two years, a major should try to complete the foreign language requirement, the science requirement, and a selection of core courses. In the student's final 2 years, the remaining requirements should be met. The selection of electives should be tailored to the plans after degree. See the sample 4 year plans.
  10. STA 290 and MAT 292 can be taken together, instead of MAT 292 before STA 290. This could be especially useful for students that start in pre-calculus or for those pursuing an accelerated program.
  11. Some common transfer credit requests include calculus, differential equations, precalculus, and linear algebra. The full calculus sequence at most universities should transfer as our MAT 191, 292, 293, 394. This includes places that teach calculus in 3 semesters. Most precalculus courses should transfer as MAT 115, 150, 151, or 190. It depends on if the course is a 1 semester prep for applied calculus (transfer as MAT 115), a part of a 2 semester prep for calculus (transfer as MAT 150 or 151), or a 1 semester prep for calculus (transfer as MAT 190). Differential equations comes in as MAT 390. Other courses generally come in as MAT 000. If the student wants specific course credit, they should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Useful Links

  • University Registrar's Office (URO): Information about graduation, changing majors, transfer credit, and more.
  • Students First: The Students First Office (SFO) coordinates intervention processes across different academic and administrative units in order to determine the best possible success strategies for students facing academic, social, or financial setbacks. In collaboration with other support services across campus, SF serves as an academic information station for assisting students with academic advising, academic appeals, course overload requests, and graduation plan completion. SF advisors are also responsible for the advisement of all exploratory (undecided) students at UNCG.