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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics/Business, BS

About the Program

Math students enjoy a great deal of personal attention. Most math classes for math majors have 40 or fewer students, and many upper-level classes have fewer than 25 students. In addition, the math curriculum is flexible enough that students can take classes in other interest areas or pursue a double major or a minor without too much difficulty. Math specializations include:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Business mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics teaching
  • Mathematics with computer science option
  • Mathematics with statistics option
  • Operations research

Important note: When applying for any specialization within Mathematics, select “Mathematics” as your major. You will have the opportunity to specialize as you progress through the curriculum.

Mathematics Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Curriculum and Degree Requirements for College of Science

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (75-104 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (27-53 credits)

*Requirement may be met with a zero credit experiential learning option. See your advisor for more information

  • (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core) or
  • or
  • (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core)

  • Language I Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00 *
  • Language II Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00 *
  • Language III/Culture/Diversity Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00 *
  • Technical Writing Option and Technical Presenting Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Oral Communication for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 6.00
  • Laboratory Science I Option (satisfies Science Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Laboratory Science II Option (satisfies Science Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • General Education I Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education II Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • STAT 35000 - Introduction To Statistics
  • Computing Option - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Teambuilding and Collaboration Experience - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00 *
  • Great Issues Option - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Experience (Select courses COULD satisfy Science, Technology, and Society Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00 *

Electives (16-45 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Additional Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

  • Calculus II Option - Credit Hours: 4.00 - 5.00
  • Computing Option (rec. CS 17700  will also meet Teambuilding & Collaboration) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Language II Option - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15-18 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-17 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 -18 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15-18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


Student should earn minimum of a B- or better in Critical Courses, see advisor for further details.

Students must earn a 2.0 average in MATH/STAT/MGMT courses required for major excluding Calculus III Option and STAT 35000 .

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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