Mathematics, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics provides a solid mathematical foundation and also allows for the most flexibility. Students should consult with an advisor to design a program best fitted to their interests and goals. 

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Irina Mitrea, Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 638
215-204-7841

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Associate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
mathadvising@temple.edu

Dr. Maria E. Lorenz, Undergraduate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 524
215-204-6764
mathadvising@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: MATH 3096 and MATH 4096.
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • Two (2) Upper Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (54-55 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 7 Math courses must be completed at Temple.
    Computer and Information Science course
    Select one of the following:4
    Programming in Matlab
    Computer Programming in C
    Program Design and Abstraction
    Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    Mathematics courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 1
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    MATH 2101Linear Algebra3-4
    or MATH 2103 Linear Algebra with Computer Lab
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra3
    MATH 3137Real & Complex Analysis I (F)3
    MATH 3138Real & Complex Analysis II (S)3
    MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
    3 Mathematics electives at the 3000 level or above9
    Physics courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    Total Credit Hours54-55
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Mathematics a student should meet the following requirements:

  1. All requirements for the B.A. degree in Mathematics must be met with a GPA of at least 3.50 in the Mathematics courses.

  2. At the time of graduation, the student's overall GPA, including all college-level courses, must be at least 3.25.

  3. Bachelor of Arts students must complete MATH 3141, MATH 3142 and MATH 4051 instead of MATH 3137 and MATH 3138, as well as MATH 3098 instead of MATH 3096 in order to qualify for a Distinction in Major.

  4. A student must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in the following courses:

    MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I3
    MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II3
    MATH 3098Modern Algebra3
    MATH 4051Complex Analysis3
    Any additional courses from the following list:
    MATH 3043Numerical Analysis I3-4
    MATH 3044Numerical Analysis II3
    MATH 3101Topics in Modern Algebra3
    Any 4000-level course other than individual study

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Programming in Matlab 
Computer Programming in C 
Program Design and Abstraction 
Honors Program Design and Abstraction 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
MATH 2101 or 2103Linear Algebra3-4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
General Education/Elective Credits10
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
MATH 3137Real Complex Analysis I (F)3
3000+ Mathematics elective3
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra [WI]3
MATH 3138Real Complex Analysis II (S)3
3000+ Mathematics Elective3
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
3000+ Mathematics Elective3
General Education/Elective Credits13
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving [WI]3
General Education/Elective Credits13
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.