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Mathematics Major

The bachelor of science in mathematics is our most flexible curriculum. The mathematics and science requirements in the program along with the General Education Program in the humanities and social sciences ensure that graduates receive a broad education with a technical slant. At the same time, the large number of elective choices within the program makes it an appropriate curriculum for students with a variety of interests and career goals.

This curriculum is a natural choice for students interested in pure mathematics who are likely to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics or a closely related field, such as theoretical physics, operations research or statistics. The curriculum is also a good choice for students who can use a strong background in mathematics along with training in analytical thinking and problem solving in their chosen careers. In addition, a major in mathematics can be used as a pre-professional program for students interested in law school, medical or dental school, or an MBA degree program. Finally, a degree in mathematics can be combined with a degree in mathematics education to provide excellent background for those students interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary school level.

Some students in our program enhance their mathematical education by satisfying some of their elective coursework through undergraduate research. This can be done in a reading course with a member of the mathematics faculty, a research project with our faculty, or in a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates. Also, several of our students have participated in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics as a key part of their mathematical education.

Earning This Degree

To earn a B.S. in mathematics at NC State, students must satisfy the degree requirements. Many students complete their degree in eight semesters by following the suggested semester-by-semester curriculum plan.

The NC State Degree Requirements (click “Sciences” on the left, and then choose your major) list the degree requirements by topic and give minimum grades for each.