Academics

Mathematics, BS

Required Courses:

Math 140 - Calculus I Math 345 - Probability and Statistics I
Math 141 - Calculus II Math 360 - Abstract Algebra I
Math 242 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus Math 361 - Abstract Algebra II
Math 260 - Linear Algebra I Math 450 - An Introduction to Real Analysis
Math 280 - Introduction to Proofs Phys 113 - Fundaments of Physics I
Math 310 - Applied Ordinary Differential Equations CS 110 - Introduction to Computer Programming
Math 320L - Applied Discrete Mathematics Additional requirements (see below)

Electives:

Besides the required courses, a student must take three other Mathematics courses, numbered 300 or higher.

Notes:

  • Students who declared their major as Mathematics (BA or BS) prior to the Fall 2009 semester must take PHYSIC 114 instead of Math 280 - Introduction to Proofs . However, students who have not completeded Math 450 - An Introduction to Real Analysis by Spring 2010 must also take Math 280 - Introduction to Proofs , as that course is a pre-requisite for MATH 450 starting with the Spring 2011 semester.
  • Math 140 - Calculus I may be replaced by Math 145 - Calculus I for the Life and Environmental Sciences.
  • A student who completed Math 360 - Abstract Algebra I prior to Fall 2005, may replace Math 361 - Abstract Algebra II by a fourth elective course.
  • With the permission of the Department, one of the electives may be replaced by a cognate course. These include Computer Science courses, and Mathematical Physics (Phys 616) and Environmental Statistics (ES 611).
  • Prospective high school teachers should consider taking Math 370 - History of Mathematics, Math 458 - Theory of Numbers, and Math 460 - Survey of Geometry.

Science Courses:

For the Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to the above requirements, a student must take 4 (four) science courses and a lab. Students who declare their major starting with the Fall 2009 semester must take PHYSIC 114 as one of their science courses. Each course must be part of the requirements for the major in the department offering the course. Courses that are acceptable include:

  • Biology, Chemistry, and Physics: All courses required for the respective majors.
  • Psychology, Engineering, and EEOS: Selected courses (consult with your advisor).

Further Rules and Requirements:

  • A minimum of a 2.0 GPA (a C average) in the major is required for graduation. Only courses taken at UMass Boston are included in computing the average.
  • No requirement may be taken pass/fail.
  • At least 4 (four) Mathematics courses numbered 300 or higher must be taken at UMass Boston.

Sample BS schedule for graduation in 4 years:

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year Math 140 - Calculus I Math 141 - Calculus II
  CS 110 Math 260 - Linear Algebra I
    Phys 113
Second Year Math 242 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus Math 280 - Introduction to Proofs
  Phys 114 Math 310 - Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
  Science elective Science elective
Third Year Math 320L - Applied Discrete Mathematics Math 345 - Probability and Statistics I
  Math 360 - Abstract Algebra I Math 361 - Abstract Algebra II
  Science elective  
Fourth Year Math 300+ elective Math 450 - An Introduction to Real Analysis
  Math 300+ elective Math 300+ elective