Degrees and Their Requirements

In additional to the below information, take a look at the general information about our undergraduate programs in mathematics and statistics.

General Degrees:

There are several tracks one can pursue as a math or statistics major, with the most general being tracks in

Pure and Applied Math: you must take 7 lower division courses (MA123, MA124, MA225, MA226, MA242, CS111, plus one of your choice) and 8 upper division courses that you have some freedom in choosing (see link for details). There can be slight variations in the lower division courses due to things like AP credits and honors courses.

Statistics: you must take 7 lower division courses (MA123, MA124, MA225, MA242, MA213, MA214, CS111) and 8 upper division courses that you have some freedom in choosing (see link for details). There can be slight variations in the lower division courses due to things like AP credits and honors courses.

These will provide you with the most breadth in your mathematics knowledge and allow for the greatest flexibility in terms of what you are potentially prepared for, mathematically, after you complete your degree.

Specialized Degrees:

You can also choose a more specialized degree by choosing a program that is run jointly with other departments:

These programs will provide you with less breadth in your mathematics knowledge, as you are typically required to take fewer upper-level math courses, but you will be required to take additional classes in the joint program. Such degrees are useful for students with specific interests or who have a specific career path in mind that fits with these joint concentrations.

Additional Degree Programs:

  • Minor in Mathematics: Add some mathematical background to your major in another area. This can be useful for supplementing your knowledge with basic quantitative skills.
  • Minor in Statistics: Add some statistical background to your major in another area. This can be useful for supplementing your knowledge with basic quantitative skills.
  • Honors in the Major: CAS guidelines for graduating with honors. This requires completing Independent Work for Distinction.
  • BA/MA in Mathematics: A joint undergraduate and masters degree program for students who know already that they wish to continue their mathematics education beyond the undergraduate level at BU.

Choosing a Degree Program:

If you are unsure about what career path you intend to pursue upon graduation, it is probably best, at least initially, to choose one of the general degrees. If you know that your career path will involve another discipline, such as economics, computer science, philosophy, or education, then one of the specialized degree programs may be a good fit. Such programs have fewer requirements than would be needed for, say, a double major in math and economics, but still give you some advanced training in both fields. Another option would be to combine for example a math major with an economics minor, or vice versa. Which choice is best for you depends on how many course requirements you have the time and desire to fulfill, and which would give you the strongest transcript for your intended career path. For help in making such decisions, you can talk with a faculty or professional advisor.