Mathematics, BS

The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics is well-suited for those students aiming toward a career in applied mathematics or planning for graduate school in applied mathematics. This program is also appropriate for those mathematics students who have not yet decided between a teaching career or a career in industry.

Modern industrial and scientific enterprises are so dependent on advanced mathematical concepts that applied mathematicians are needed today by almost all concerns that are engaged in such work. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to give training in mathematics and in engineering and science. The use of numerical methods and computers is included.

Normally, a graduate of mathematics who accepts a position in the private or public sector will be working as part of a team to solve applied problems outside of mathematics. Seldom is this problem purely one in mathematics. Because of this, an applied mathematician needs a working knowledge of another discipline, and so each graduate of the BS in Mathematics program must complete a secondary area requirement. This secondary emphasis area is in a specific engineering, computer science, or applied science department. The choice of a secondary area must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

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

Student Learning Outcomes, Mathematics, BS

  • Be able to apply both theoretical and computational techniques to the solution of mathematical problems.
  • Be able to comprehend, formulate and produce mathematical proof
  • 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

  • 43 semester hours in Mathematics
  • 18 semester hours in Basic Science and Technology
  • 18 semester hours in Secondary Area Requirements, of which 9 hours must be 3000 level or higher
  • A minimum 2.0 on each required mathematics course
  • A CU minimum GPA of 2.0
  • An Exit Interview with the Mathematics department is required prior to graduation.

All Math majors are required to meet with a faculty advisor in the Math department during their first year as a Math major.  Math Students should check the official UCCS catalog and the Student Success Advising Guides for additional information regarding the degree requirements.

LAS General Education Requirements for Math BS Students

Humanities (12 credit hours):

Math BS students must select PHIL 3420 - Symbolic Logic I, as part of their LAS Humanities general education area requirements.  

Natural Sciences (12 credit hours):

Math BS students must take the following courses:

Additional three credit hours (outside of PES department) are needed.

Social Sciences (12 credit hours):

Mathematics BS students must select from the LAS Social Sciences area general education courses. See the appropriate Student Success Advising Guide for a list of approved courses.

Writing Requirements (6 credit hours):

Mathematics BS students must complete the following courses:

and a writing portofolio assessment. Check with your advisor for details.

General Electives:

Mathematics BS students should take a number of courses in computer science to prepare them for the various career options in mathematics. Foreign languages are encouraged for students interested in research.

Required Courses for BS Degree

Mathematics Courses (43 credit hours)

  • MATH 4040 - Senior Seminar (1 ch)

Restricted Mathematics Elective Sequence (6 credit hours)

Choose a sequence of two courses from one of the following area (Applied Analysis or Statistics)

Mathematics electives number 3100 or higher (6 credit hours)

MATH 3410 strongly recommended. Students should not take MATH 3100 after MATH 3810.

BS Secondary Area Requirements (18 credit hours)

Secondary area requirements may be done in any one of the following ways:

Departmental Course Work: Select classes from one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or Psychology. Courses used for general education requirements may be counted towards this requirement.

Interdisciplinary Secondary Areas: Complete one of the interdisciplinary secondary area programs that have been approved by the department. At present, there are two such programs: System Science and Engineering and Actuarial Science (see below).

Personalized Secondary Area Program: Design a personalized secondary area program that may include courses from departments other than those listed in above, and/or may be interdisciplinary in nature. Such a program MUST have the approval of the faculty advisor from the Mathematics Department.

BS Degree Concentrations

Concentration in Systems Science and Engineering

Systems science is an approach that views an entire system of components as an entity rather than simply an assembly of individual parts; each component is designed to fit properly with the other components rather than to function by itself. The engineering and mathematics of systems is a rapidly developing field. It is one of the most modern segments of applied mathematics, as well as an engineering discipline. It is concerned with the identification, modeling, analysis, design, and control of systems that are potentially as large and complex as the U.S. economy or as precise and vital as a space voyage. Its interests run from fundamental theoretical questions to the implementation of operational systems. In its mathematical aspects it draws on the most modern and advanced areas of mathematics. At the application end of the spectrum, the systems scientist is a scientist/engineer with a unique and indispensable viewpoint. For example, in the aerospace industry, the systems engineer devises the control and guidance laws, navigational systems, trajectory tracking, and estimating algorithms—indeed the total coordinated structure of complex aerospace undertakings.

Required courses for a Systems Science & Engineering Concentration:

Concentration in Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is a professionally oriented program combining business, economics, and mathematics, and is designed to prepare students to begin careers as actuaries. Actuaries are experts in risk management. Graduates of this program are prepared for the early professional actuary exams and have a solid base of preparation for further exams. See the Society of Actuaries Web page,, for additional information concerning these exams and a career in Actuarial Science.

Program Requirements

To provide a solid foundation for this career and prepare for these three exams, the student should complete the following program:

Honors Track for BS Degree

The UCCS mathematics department offers a special honors track to qualified math undergraduate students who are already pursuing a BA or BS in Math degree at UCCS. More info ....