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Bachelor of Science

Students often encounter mathematics as a finished product laid out

neatly in a textbook. At Birmingham-Southern College students experience

mathematics in a fuller sense – as a process that relies on curiosity,

intuition, critical thinking, and effective communication to produce

important and useful results. Through taking both theoretical and applied

courses and working closely with faculty, students develop their skills as

questioners, critical thinkers, and communicators of technical material –

skills that are valued by employers in a variety of fields.

The mathematics major welcomes and attracts students with diverse

interests and career goals, and mathematics majors find that they have

many options available to them once they graduate. Many continue

their education by attending medical school, law school, or mathematics

graduate school. Some have pursued graduate degrees in fields ranging

from engineering to business administration to biostatistics, while others

have begun their careers in fields including engineering, actuarial studies,

and education with employers such as NASA, Blue Cross Blue Shield,

Alabama Power, and many others.

Upon completion of the mathematics major, students will be able to

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write a valid proof of a mathematical statement,

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write a lucid summary of a scholarly article in mathematics or

closely related field,

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present a coherent explanation of his or her mathematical work in a

public setting to a group of peers.

The following courses are required (13 units):

MA 231

MA 232

MA 310

MA 311

MA 335

MA 451 or 455

MA 458 or 461

four additional units from CS 170, MA 207, 240, 250, 317, 321, 422,

451, 452, 454, 455, 458, 461, 462,

PH 121 or 122, at least three of

which must be in MA, at least one of which must be at the 300 level

or above

MA 470

MA 499

A student may be exempt from MA 207, MA 231, and MA 232 by

placement, AP credit, or IB credit.