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2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Mathematics - BA

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College of Science

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

For this degree, students must complete the major requirements for the corresponding BS degree, plus the equivalent of two years of training in a foreign language. The Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies Department is responsible for approving the foreign language coursework for this degree.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • Two courses having CI designation (such as  ;  ,  ,  ; and   ) will meet the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • One course having QI designation (such as  ,  ,  ,  ; and  ,   will meet the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) adn Social Sciences (DSS)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Major Requirements

Major and minor requirements in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics vary from time to time. Exact requirements in effect at any given time may be found in the USU online General Catalog. All grades for MATH and STAT courses applied toward a departmental major or minor must be C- or better. Major and minor requirements in effect at the beginning of Fall Semester 2011 are given below.

College of Science Requirements

Every bachelor’s degree candidate in the College of Science must complete the following coursework or its equivalent:


In some degrees or emphases within degrees, the second semester of calculus may be replaced by STAT 3000 . The substitution will be for specific degree programs, not by student choice.

Actuarial Science Emphasis (59 credits)

The Actuarial Science Emphasis is available in either the Mathematics Major or the Statistics Major. Students should register for either the Mathematics Major with Actuarial Science Emphasis or the Statistics Major with Actuarial Science Emphasis. Only the required courses for the emphasis, as listed below, need to be completed.

B. Mathematics and Statistics Courses (for Statistics Majors) (44 credits)

Statistics Majors must complete all of the courses listed above in Section A, except for the following two courses:

In addition, students must complete the following:


Admission to the Actuarial Science Emphasis requires explicit departmental approval.

Computational Mathematics Emphasis (60 credits)

The Computational Mathematics Emphasis is available in the Mathematics Major. Students should register for the Mathematics Major with Computational Mathematics Emphasis. Only the required courses for the emphasis, as listed below, need to be completed.

C. Mathematics Elective Courses (6 credits)

Select two courses (6 credits) in mathematics numbered above 5010, excluding MATH 5570  (Actuarial Math I) and MATH 5580  (Actuarial Math II).

D. Computer Science Elective Courses (6 credits)

Select at least two courses (6 credits) in computer science numbered above 4000.


Students who complete the Computer Science coursework with a GPA of at least 2.5 automatically earn a minor in Computer Science.

Applied Mathematics Option (68 credits)

The Applied Mathematics Option is available in the Mathematics Major. Students should register for the Mathematics Major with Applied Mathematics Option. Only the required courses for the option, as listed below, need to be completed. (Note: The student’s diploma will display the Mathematics Major only.)

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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