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The mathematics major consists of a wide variety of mathematics course that prepare students for opportunities in the workforce as well as the potential for continued graduate study in mathematics, economics, and operations research.

Major Requirements

Major: Mathematics

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course in Upper Level Writing: Select from current general education list3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 165Calculus I4
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.


 Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all MATH prefix courses.

General Education Requirements40
Mathematics Major Requirements
MATH 165Calculus I (includes)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 270Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3
MATH 420Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 421Abstract Algebra II3
or MATH 451 Real Analysis II
MATH 429Linear Algebra3
MATH 450Real Analysis I3
MATH 491Seminar2
Must choose one course from List A & one course from List B and must include one of the pairs of courses listed here: MATH 430/MATH 436; MATH 445/MATH 446; MATH 480/MATH 483; MATH 452/MATH 481; MATH 488/MATH 489; and (MATH 420/MATH 421 or MATH 450/MATH 451: whichever you didn't choose above)
List A
Special Problems In Mathematics
Graph Theory
Axiomatic Geometry
Differential Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Complex Analysis
Number Theory
List B
Applied Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
Linear Programming and Network Flows
Related Required Courses
CSCI 160Computer Science I4
Lab Science Sequence: Choose one science lecture/lab sequence (A-F) OR the CSCI 161 & 2 CSCI electives (sequence G).8-10
Sequence A:
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
Sequence B:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory *
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Sequence C:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory *
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory *
Sequence D:
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I *
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II *
Sequence E:
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
General Microbiology II
and General Microbiology Lab II
Sequence F:
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory *
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory *
or Sequence G:
Computer Science II
Select 2 of the following:
Topics on Personal Computers
Comparative Programming Languages
Microcomputer Graphics
Degree Requirements: Potential of a minimum of 27 credits to reach 12227
Total Credits122-124

Science and Technology General Education

Program Notes

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.

Minor Requirements

Mathematics Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 21

Required Courses
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
Approved electives for the mathematics minor include: MATH 266, MATH 270 & all 300-400 level MATH courses except for MATH 376.9
Total Credits21

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all courses used toward this minor.