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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.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

College Requirements

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. *12
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *6

Major Requirements

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

Mathematics Major Requirements
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra3
MATH 165Calculus I (includes)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 270Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3
MATH 329Intermediate Linear Algebra3
MATH 346Metric Space Topology3
MATH 420Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 450Real Analysis I3
MATH 452Complex Analysis3
MATH 483Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 491Seminar2
Mathematics Electives16
MATH prefix courses numbered 300 or higher, not including those listed above.
Related Required Courses
A minor or second major in any other program or 15 credits of coursework that includes at least two 300-level (or higher) courses in another discipline.15
Total Credits72

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
or MATH 266 Introduction to Differential Equations
Mathematics Concentration: Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
Intermediate Linear Algebra
Metric Space Topology
6 additional credits of MATH prefix courses numbered greater than or equal to 266 (at least one of which is not listed above).6
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.