Recognizing that mathematical expertise is more important than ever—particularly in the computer and high-technology arenas—the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics degree program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) develops critical-thinking skills and the ability to understand and utilize mathematical concepts, theories, and applications. Aside from gaining a broad foundation in the liberal arts, you will work with faculty whose areas of expertise include dynamical systems, number theory, and geometry—preparing you for employment in the mathematical sciences, or future study. Mathematics degree concentration opportunities combine math study with philosophy, economics, computer science, and math education.
Note: Students wishing to pursue a mathematics degree program may have to cross-register and take upper-level mathematics and/or related courses in the College of Arts & Sciences at day tuition rates.
Program at a Glance
- On Campus
- 128 Credits
- 24–36 Months
A Foundation for Success in Mathematics
Metropolitan College’s Bachelor’s in Mathematics degree will equip you with:
- A broad overview of mathematical concepts, theories, and applications.
- Critical-thinking skills and the ability to understand the fundamentals of mathematical theories.
- A broad-based education in the liberal arts, including exposure to the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, that may be considered complete in itself or suitable as preparation for graduate study.
Why Complete Your Mathematics Bachelor’s at BU?
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s mathematics bachelor’s program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in related areas.
- Extensive Network: Study principles of mathematics alongside peers with professional experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
- Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Enrollment & Student Success.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
- Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus.
- Affordable Tuition: Complete your bachelor’s part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
- Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.
Flexible, Part-Time Degree Completion—at Boston University
The BS in Mathematics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is a self-paced bachelor’s degree completion program offered in a convenient, part-time evening format—ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors, MET also offers the structured, two-year Accelerated Degree Completion Program—leading to a bachelor’s degree in either Computer Science or Management Studies—and an online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program.
Bachelor’s in Mathematics Curriculum
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan College are required to complete a minimum of 32 courses (128 credits), including Hub requirements, major requirements, related courses, and electives.
All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students majoring in Mathematics will, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Quantitative Reasoning II, Scientific Inquiry II, and Critical Thinking.
Major and Related Courses
A total of 14 courses (56 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.
Choose ten courses (40 credits), including the four courses below:
CAS MA 226 Differential Equations
First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.) Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||LEC||Jaquette||PHO 206||TR||9:30 am – 10:45 am|
|A2||DIS||Jaquette||CAS B27||T||3:35 pm – 4:25 pm|
|A3||DIS||Jaquette||CAS 208||T||5:00 pm – 5:50 pm|
|A4||DIS||Jaquette||PHO 201||W||9:05 am – 9:55 am|
|A5||DIS||Jaquette||PHO 201||W||10:10 am – 11:00 am|
|A6||DIS||Jaquette||CAS 116||W||1:25 pm – 2:15 pm|
|B1||LEC||Chung||PHO 206||TR||11:00 am – 12:15 pm|
|B2||DIS||Chung||STH B20||W||9:05 am – 9:55 am|
|B3||DIS||Chung||STH B20||W||10:10 am – 11:00 am|
|B4||DIS||Chung||CGS 323||W||1:25 pm – 2:15 pm|
|B5||DIS||Chung||CGS 323||W||2:30 pm – 3:20 pm|
|B6||DIS||Chung||BRB 121||T||3:35 pm – 4:25 pm|
|A1||LEC||Moore||SCI||MWF||10:10 am – 11:00 am|
|A2||DIS||Moore||M||12:20 pm – 1:10 pm|
|A3||DIS||Moore||M||2:30 pm – 3:20 pm|
|A4||DIS||Moore||M||3:35 pm – 4:25 pm|
|A5||DIS||Moore||T||9:30 am – 10:20 am|
|A6||DIS||Moore||T||11:15 am – 12:05 pm|
|B1||LEC||Lin||LSE||TR||9:30 am – 10:45 am|
|B2||DIS||Lin||T||2:00 pm – 2:50 pm|
|B3||DIS||Lin||T||3:35 pm – 4:25 pm|
|B4||DIS||Lin||W||9:05 am – 9:55 am|
|B5||DIS||Lin||W||10:10 am – 11:00 am|
|B6||DIS||Lin||W||4:40 pm – 5:30 pm|
|C1||LEC||Sheshmani||LSE||MWF||9:05 am – 9:55 am|
|C2||DIS||Sheshmani||M||10:10 am – 11:00 am|
|C3||DIS||Sheshmani||M||1:25 pm – 2:15 pm|
|C4||DIS||Sheshmani||T||2:00 pm – 2:50 pm|
|C5||DIS||Sheshmani||T||3:35 pm – 4:25 pm|
|C6||DIS||Sheshmani||T||4:40 pm – 5:30 pm|
MET MA 123 Calculus I
Students may receive credit for either MET MA 121 or MA 123 or CAS MA 121 or MA 123, but not both. Limits; derivatives; differentiation of algebraic functions. Applications to maxima, minima, and convexity of functions. The definite integral; the fundamental theorem of integral calculus; applications of integration. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Moore||SHA 210||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|EX||IND||Moore||SHA 210||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Staff||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET MA 124 Calculus II
Students may receive credit for not more than one of the following courses: MA 122, MA 124, MA 127, or MA 129. Logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Sequences and series; Taylor's series with the remainder. Methods of integration. Calculus I and II together constitute an introduction to calculus of a function of a single real variable. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Scientific Inquiry II, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Staff||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET MA 225 Multivariate Calculus
Vectors, lines, and planes. Multiple integration and cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Partial derivatives, directional derivatives, scalar and vector fields, the gradient, potentials, multivariate Taylor series, approximation, and multivariate minimization. [ 4 cr. ]
The remaining six mathematics courses must include two at the 200 level or above, and four at the 300 level or above.
Choose four courses (16 credits), including at least one in computer science, with the advice and approval of the department coordinator.
Electives are chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. The number of electives varies depending on transfer credit.