Mathematics and Statistics- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Mathematics, 123 Bachelor Hall, 513-529-5818, or the Department of Statistics, 311 Upham Hall, 513-529-7828.

Two degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. For the Bachelor of Science, choose one of two majors: mathematics or mathematics and statistics. The A.B. requires all sections of the College of Arts and Science Requirement (CAS), while the B.S. has only the language requirement. Each program has the related hours requirement. All MTH and STA courses applied to your program, and all courses in the 12-hour section of the related hours, should be taken for grades, not credit/no-credit. In the MTH and STA courses, your GPA must be at least 2.00. Service courses do not figure into your GPA unless explicitly approved by the department.

Each degree requires the following introductory courses:

MTH 252Calculus III4
or MTH 252H
MTH 222Introduction to Linear Algebra2-3
or MTH 222T Introduction to Linear Algebra (Honors)
Total Credit Hours6-7

Program Requirements

The program requires at least 31 semester hours of MTH and STA courses at 300 level or above with at least 22 hours from MTH and STA courses at the 400 level. At least 12 of the hours at the 400 level must be earned at Miami (not for credit/no credit).

Mathematics Courses
MTH 331Proof: Introduction to Higher Mathematics3
MTH 347Differential Equations3
MTH 421Introduction to Abstract Algebra4
MTH 441Real Analysis3
or MTH 451 Introduction to Complex Variables
Select at least one of the following:3
Mathematical Modeling Seminar (MPC)
Combinatorial Designs and Coding Theory
Game Theory and Related Topics
Theory and Applications of Graphs
Topics in Mathematical Finance
Numerical Analysis
Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamics
Statistics Courses
STA 301Applied Statistics3
STA 401Probability3
STA 463Regression Analysis4
STA 462Inferential Statistics3
or STA 466 Experimental Design Methods
Select enough hours to complete the 31 required hours from the lists above or of the following: 1
Topics In Geometry
Foundations of Geometry
Topics in Algebra
Linear Algebra and Fields
Number Theory (MPC)
Topics in Analysis
Great Theorems of Mathematics (MPC)
Introduction to Mathematical Logic
Introduction to Set Theory
Introduction to Topology
Statistical Programming
Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
Statistical Learning
Data Analysis Practicum (MPC)
Analysis of Forecasting Systems
Total Credit Hours31-33

Important Note: Students with previous credit for STA 261 may not take STA 301 and must take additional hours from the electives list to complete the 31 required hours. For students with such credit, STA 363 is a good first statistics course. 

Related Hours

A program of related courses is intended to provide the student with opportunities to see and do mathematics or statistics in the context of other disciplines and, perhaps, enhance the student's employment prospects. The departmental requirement is for a program of at least 15 hours. Please note that all related area courses must be taken for a grade, not as credit/no credit.  Each program includes two parts, as follows:

Part I: Computer Programming Requirement: Every major is required to demonstrate computer programming proficiency by passing one approved programming course.  Approved courses include:

CSE 153Introduction to C/C++ Programming 13
CSE 163Introduction to Computer Concepts and Programming 13
CSE 174Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving 13
STA 402Statistical Programming 23
MTH 408Mathematical Problem Solving with Technology 33
PHY 286Introduction to Computational Physics 43

Part II: Related Area Requirement: Every major must include in their program a cluster of courses in one area of study which mathematics or statistics is used.  Minimally (but see Related Area Reduction below), the area is to consist of at least 12 credit hours, with at least 6 advanced hours.  Advanced hours include all courses numbered 200 level or above in CHM, CSE, PHY, and all courses numbered 300 level or above in ACC, ECO, ECE, STA.  Pre-approved related areas are listed below.  If your interests are not accommodated by the pre-approved areas listed below, you may elect to design your own program of related courses.  Such programs must be approved by the Chief Departmental Adviser in advance of applying for graduation.  Pre-approved related areas include:

  • Actuarial Science: ECO 201, ECO 202, ACC 221, ACC 222, FIN 301 (Students interested in an actuarial career are urged to complete the Minor in Actuarial Science, which will also satisfy this Related Area Requirement.)

  • Teacher Education: The secondary licensure program in The College of Education, Health, and Society (This option is available only for Integrated Mathematics Education Majors).

  • Accounting (ACC)

  • Chemistry (CHM)

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE)

  • Economics (ECO)

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

  • Physics (PHY)

  • Statistics (STA)

Unless using the Actuarial Science or Teacher Education option, all related area hours must come from the same department.  Students majoring in Mathematics (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) may use statistics as their related area. There is no restriction on the statistics courses that can count (service courses are OK), but courses applied to the related area cannot also be counted towards the requirements of the major. On the other hand, students majoring in Mathematics and Statistics (Bachelor of Science) cannot use statistics as their related area.  Students may simultaneously use any related area courses towards the university Thematic Sequence requirement, or toward a minor or second major.  But, related area courses cannot be used towards the requirements of a Mathematics or Mathematics and Statistics major.

Related Area Reduction: Some students may want to have the flexibility to include in their program an additional course in mathematics or statistics.  To that end, the cluster of related courses required can be reduced by up to 3 hours (of the 6 advanced hours) by taking the same number of hours in a MTH or STA course, numbered 400 or higher and listed among the possible courses to fulfill requirements of your chosen degree.  This decision must be made in consultation with your adviser or one of the CDAs.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to combine teacher licensure with a major in the Department of Mathematics should apply for admission to a licensure cohort as outlined in the College of Education, Health and Society chapter. For information, contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education, Health and Society, 202 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-6418.

To earn an A.B. degree in addition to teacher licensure, you must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, while also satisfying your professional education course requirements. As a consequence, the following courses (not all of which apply toward the A.B.) are automatically required to be in your academic program:

These courses must include:

MTH 331Proof: Introduction to Higher Mathematics3
MTH 408/MTH 508Mathematical Problem Solving with Technology3
MTH 409/MTH 509Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective3
MTH 411/MTH 511Foundations of Geometry3
MTH 421/MTH 521Introduction to Abstract Algebra4
MTH 482Great Theorems of Mathematics3
STA 301Applied Statistics3
STA 401/STA 501Probability3

One additional course is required for completion of the A.B. degree. See the A.B. requirements for details about the selection of this course.

To earn a B.S. degree in addition to teacher licensure, you must complete the requirements for the B.S. in Mathematics or the B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics. Each of these programs requires four or five additional courses. See the B.S. requirements for details about the selection of these courses.