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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



Students in this major learn a wide range of abstract mathematical concepts and their many applications. These topics are essential tools in science, business, statistics, and engineering, and form the foundation for mathematics research. Mathematics graduates are well prepared for jobs which require analytical thinking and quantitative skills.

You can earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics.

Quality classroom experiences

All mathematics courses introduce new ways of thinking and develop discipline in carefully expressing these thoughts through problem solutions or carefully written arguments. Beginning with calculus, all mathematics courses are taught in small sections to ensure an appropriate level of personal attention.  

Together with the College of Education, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics runs the largest secondary mathematics education program in Ohio.

Career - what can you do with a mathematics degree?

Part-time employment is available for undergraduates as tutors in the Learning Commons and the Math Emporium, a computer learning center within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers undergraduate research opportunities through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship offers the possibility of summer research funding. There are also a number of scholarships available specifically for students who declare a mathematics major.

Mathematician is often one of the top rated jobs. Mathematics majors can go on to graduate school in diverse fields such as statistics, engineering and economics.

97% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.

Career paths

  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Financial planning
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Market research

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College of Arts and Sciences Admissions

Students interested in a mathematics major should have four years of college preparatory mathematics in high school. While it is not necessary to take calculus in high school, the department offers an advanced placement program to receive credit for one or two calculus courses by taking the Advanced Placement Exam while in high school.


  • Applied Mathematics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Data Science


Mathematics majors begin with a core of three semesters of calculus and a course in linear algebra. A variety of honors courses and seminars are offered with the possibility of writing an honors research thesis in order to graduate with departmental or university honors. It is possible for advanced students to earn a limited number of graduate credits during their senior year and complete a master’s degree in mathematics in one year beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Required courses for Math B.S.       Required courses for Math B.A.

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Sample courses

  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Real Analysis

Updated: 01/31/2024 02:48PM