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Mathematics is the foundation for all science, technology and engineering. It is an interesting major in its own right. Mathematical sophistication is a fundamental skill for a technical society like ours. Mathematics is a major that leads to careers in business, industry and government as well as graduate study in a large variety of disciplines. There is plentiful demand in the job market for individuals skilled in mathematics. This major follows the guidelines of the Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics established by the Mathematical Association of America.

A mathematics major has a a wide variety of job opportunities; some may require additional education. These may range from business statistician, credit manager, network programmer, meteorologist, financial consultant, economist, stockbroker, robotics programmer, property appraiser or even a software support specialist.  

Explore Mathematics

“VCSU provided me with the opportunity to complete a double major and compete in college football. The math education program gave me the knowledge and practical experiences that prepared me for my current teaching career.” —Trent Kosel ’11, Edgeley, N.D.; math teacher and football coach, Northern Cass Public Schools, N.D.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I 1
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java 1
Introduction to Structured Programming I 1
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Required CSCI 127 or CSCI 160

Major Requirement

Required Courses
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 300Symbolic Logic1
MATH 330Linear Algebra and Matrices3
MATH 421Mathematical Probability and Statistics I3
MATH 491Senior Portfolio1
Total Credits19

Student must complete the Required Courses and select at least one Concentration from the following:

Mathematics Concentration

Concentration A - Mathematics
Choose nineteen credits from the following:19
Introduction to Structured Programming II
Programming Language Topics
Discrete Mathematics
College Geometry II
Euclidean Geometry and Topics
Algebraic Structures I
History and Philosophy of Mathematics
Real Analysis I
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Mathematical Probability and Statistics II
Complex Analysis
Total Credits19

Applied Mathematics for Engineers Concentration

Concentration B - Applied Mathematics for Engineers
Choose nineteen credits from the following:19
ENGR 100
Introduction to Engineering (offered through UND)
ENGR 101
Graphical Communication (offered through UND)
ENGR 200
Computer Aplications in Engineering (offered through UND)
ENGR 201
Statics (offered through UND)
ENGR 202
Dynamics (offered through UND)
Discrete Mathematics
Ordinary Differential Equations
Complex Analysis
Numerical Analysis I
University Physics II
University Physics II Lab
University Physics III
University Physics III Lab
MECH 201
Student Design (offered through UND)
Undergraduate Research
Total Credits19

To be admitted to a major program in mathematics, the student must successfully complete either MATH 103 College Algebra and MATH 105 Trigonometry with a 2.0 average or better or four years of high school mathematics. Approval of the Mathematics Department is also required.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 38 Hrs
Total Credits needed to Graduate 120 hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

Mathematics Concentration
First Year
Courses in the Minor3ENGL 120 or 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 1103Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2MATH 1654
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Social Science (Gen Ed)3
MATH 1073 
UNIV 1501 
 16 14
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3Course in the Minor3
COMM 110 or 2123CSCI 1613
CSCI 160 (Gen Ed)3MATH 2654
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MATH 3303
MATH 1664MATH 300 or 4001-3
 16 14-16
Third Year
Courses in the Minor6Courses in the Minor7
MATH 2083Elective course3
MATH 331 or 3403-4Social Science (Gen Ed)3
MATH 4103MATH 400 or 3001-3
 15-16 14-16
Fourth Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2Courses in the Minor6
MATH 2663Elective Courses7
Courses in the Minor3MATH 4213
MATH 340 or 3313-4 
MATH 4911 
 12-13 16
Total Credits 117-123
Applied Mathematics for Engineers Concentration
First Year
CHEM 121 (Gen Ed)5CHEM 122 (Gen Ed)5
COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3CSCI 127 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGR 101 (offered through NDSU)3ENGR 200 (offered through UND)2
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2MATH 165 (Gen Ed)4
UNIV 1501 
 17 17
Second Year
ENGR 100 (Offered through NDSU)1ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3
ENGR 201 (offered through NDSU)3ENGR 202 (offered through UND)3
HUM 202 (Gen Ed)3MATH 2654
MATH 1664MATH 3303
PHYS 2514PHYS 2524
PHYS 251L1PHYS 252L1
 16 18
Third Year
ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3GEOG 111 (Gen Ed)2
MATH 2083HUM 201 (Gen Ed)3
MATH 2663MATH 3001
PHYS 2534MATH 4123
 MATH 4613
 PHYS 2993
 13 15
Fourth Year
CSCI 160 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 4103
MATH 3313MATH 4213
MATH 4133MATH 4911
MATH 4303PHYS 4941
PHYS 1104 
 16 8
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the classical fundamental and foundational theories of modern mathematics.

  2. Students will understand the definition of a mathematical concept, and explain it using concrete examples.

  3. Students will use computational skills to theoretically carry out variations of an equation and/or proposition.

  4. Students will use logical reasoning skills to understand and provide proof of a proposition.