BA or BS?

The Mathematics Department offers two undergraduate degrees: the B.A. in Mathematics and the B.S. in Mathematics. The B.A. has fewer mathematics course requirements and more general education requirements. The B.S. requires more mathematics courses, an applied mathematics concentration, and fewer general education courses. Here is a summary of the breakdown of credit hours (numbers are approximate).

Summary of Credit Hours
  B.A. B.S.
Math Courses 29 41
Applied Concentration 0 9
The KU Core and general education 47 37
Electives 44 33
Total Credits 120 120

Students wishing to attend graduate school in mathematics or to pursue a career that makes substantial use of mathematics (as an actuary, for example) should get a B.S. in mathematics. Many students majoring in mathematics are interested in a liberal arts degree; if that is your goal, you may consider the B.A. in mathematics.

Students who wish to teach mathematics at the high school level should pursue a math major (either B.A. or B.S.) and participate in the UKanTeach program. Students who wish to teach mathematics at the middle school level should get a Bachelor's degree (B.S.E.) from the School of Education.

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Using Math

CTE course transformation grant helps Emily Witt, assistant professor of math, develop active learning with student groups in calculus.  Positive results using modules developed with Justin Lyle and Amanda Wilkens, math graduate students, were attained.  Read more

Math and COVID-19: Sources on how math is being used to track the virus and its spread.  AMS link.

A mathematician-musician's breakthrough melds East, West. Read more.

Researcher's innovative approach to flood mapping support emergency management and water officials. Read more.

Nicole Johnson found a way to express her baton twirling using math. See video.