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Program Information

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Requirements for a major

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.

  • Mathematics Core (B.A. and B.S.): MATH 115 (or 114), 116, 215, 250, 310, 411W,
    and 415W.
    A grade of C or better must be achieved in all mathematics core
    courses. Remaining math courses must be taken at the 300 level or above.
  • Computer Programming Requirement (B.A. and B.S.):
    - Recommended: Scientific Programming: Java (COSC 160), counts towards Computer Science major/minor, OR
    - Scientific Programming: C++ (COSC 150), does not count toward Computer Science major/minor.
  • Additional B.S. Mathematics Requirements:
    i. Applications component: At least one course chosen from MATH 301, 308, and 314.
    ii. Theoretical component: At least two courses chosen from MATH 412W, 416W, 420W, and 423W.
    iii. Science component: At least one sequence chosen from the three options: BIOL 111-113 & 112-114, CHEM 121-122, or PHYS 211 & 212.

B.A. or B.S. - Which one is right for you?

The B.A. option provides maximum flexibility for students interested in pursuing:

  • Dual degrees
  • Double majors
  • Business certificates

The B.S. option 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

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.