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UCCS Academic Catalog 2012-2013

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  Oct 21, 2017
2017-2018 Catalog

Mathematics, BS

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The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. This degree is well-suited for students aiming toward a variety of mathematical careers in industry or secondary education, or planning for graduate education. Modern industrial and scientific enterprises are so dependent on advanced mathematical concepts that mathematicians are needed today by almost all concerns that are engaged in such work.

Foreign languages are encouraged for students interested in research. A maximum of 8 hours of foreign languages may be taken and applied to the approved electives requirements. German, French and Russian are the approved languages.

Departmental Goal

  • Prepare students for employment or graduate study in a subject related to mathematics

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to apply both theoretical and computational techniques to the solution of mathematical problems
  • Be able to comprehend, formulate and produce mathematical proofs
  • Be able to communicate correct mathematical content in both written and oral form
  • Be able to understand a broad array of interconnected concepts within mathematics

General Requirements

  • Completion of at least 47 credit hours in Mathematics
  • 31 credit hours of Core Mathematics courses
  • 46 credit hours for Teaching option
  • A minimum 2.0 in each required mathematics course
  • A CU minimum GPA of 2.0
  • An Exit Interview with the Mathematics department is required prior to graduation.
  • All Mathematics majors are required to meet with a faculty advisor in the Mathematics department during their first year as Mathematics majors. Mathematics students should check the Academic Advising Guides for additional information regarding the degree requirements.

Departmental Honors

The UCCS Mathematics Department offers a special honors track to qualified math undergraduate students who are already pursuing a BS in Mathematics degree at UCCS. Admission to the honors track is by application only; the application form is available at A letter of recommendation from a mathematics faculty member is required. Students should normally apply no later than the beginning of their first semester of their junior year. Contact the Undergraduate Committee Chair, Dr. Zachary Mesyan, with questions:

Honors Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in all Math courses and an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Complete five 4000+ level Math courses with at least a 3.3 GPA in these courses.
  • Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and approved by the Undergraduate Committee, complete a written report based on: an undergraduate research project, a senior project in an advanced course, or a senior thesis.

Course Requirements


Each Mathematics major will choose one of the following options to complete in addition to the Core mathematics courses.

Pure Math

4000+ level Course Recommendations

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in pure math are advised to take the following courses.

4000+ level Course Recommendations

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in applied mathematics or a career in industry are advised to take at least two of the following courses.


4000+ level Course Recommendations

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in statistics are advised to take the following courses.


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