BS with a Major in Mathematics

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements39
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours81
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
MATH 180Calculus I a,b4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
MATH 210Calculus III a3
MATH 215Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 300Writing for Mathematics c1
MATH 313Analysis I3
MATH 320Linear Algebra I3
MATH 330Abstract Algebra I3
Electives
Electives chosen from mathematics, statistics, and mathematical computer science courses at the 200-level or higher, with the exception of MATH 310. At least 6 hours must be at the 400-level, excluding MATH 496, MCS 496, and STAT 496.15
Total Hours39
a

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category. 

b

MATH 180 also fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

c

MATH 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. 

NOTE: Students planning advanced study in Mathematics should choose their electives from among the following:

Recommended Electives
Analysis II
Complex Analysis with Applications
Formal Logic I
Abstract Algebra II
Foundations of Number Theory
Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
Introduction to Topology I
Introduction to Topology II
Combinatorics
Graph Theory
Introduction to Probability
Mathematics and Statistics for Actuarial Sciences I

Recommended Plan of Study

Students who do not place into MATH 180 should expect to take summer session courses and possibly take longer than four years to graduate. Students who have taken AP exams in calculus or computer science need to see a departmental advisor for correct placement.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
MATH 180 Calculus I a 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
MATH 215 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
Electives 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
MATH 320 Linear Algebra I 3
MATH 300 Writing for Mathematics 1
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
MATH 330 Abstract Algebra I 3
MATH 313 Analysis I 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
Electives 3
 Hours15-17
Spring Semester
MSCS Electives b 6
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Two MSCS electives (at least one at 400-level) b 6
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
One MSCS elective (at least one at 400-level) b 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

MATH 180 satisfies the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement with a grade of C or better.

b

Electives chosen from mathematics, statistics, and mathematical computer science courses at the 200-level or higher, with the exception of MATH 310. At least 6 hours must be at the 400-level, excluding MATH 496, MCS 496, and STAT 496. See the Math advising guides for suggested elective options: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computational and Industrial Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics.

Note: The requirement of two additional courses taken from any general education category is satisfied by MATH 180 and MATH 181.