Mathematics Program Requirements

Mathematical Sciences (MATH)

The purpose of the major in Mathematical Sciences at Barry University is to build a strong foundation for careers in mathematics. The courses of study cover the main areas of algebra, analysis, probability, statistics, numerical analysis and topology. Co-requisites in physics and computer science are also required.

There are three possible concentrations within Mathematical Sciences: General Mathematics, Statistics/Actuarial Science and Computational Mathematics. A core of courses is required from all Math majors and, according to each specialization, a number of recommended courses is offered each semester on a rotational basis.

The curriculum for the Mathematics major consists of the following components:

Mathematics Core27 credits
Mathematics Specialization12 credits
Computer Science8 credits
Physics 8 credits
Minor20 credits
General Education42 credits
General Elective3 credits
Total120 credits

The academic requirements for the mathematics major are the following:

Core courses (27 credits):

MAT-211Calculus I
MAT-212Calculus II
MAT-213Calculus III
MAT-253Discrete Mathematics I
MAT-314Differential Equations
MAT-332Linear Algebra
MAT-456Numerical Analysis
MAT-487Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar

Co-requisites (16 credits):

Eight credits in physics: PHY 211 and PHY 212 or PHY 201 and PHY 202.

Eight credits in computer science: CS 231 and CS 232 or CS 211 and CS 212.


at least four upper division courses according to the desired specialization.

Suggested electives:
MAT 354 (Discrete Mathematics II, MAT 356 (Statistics for Science, MAT 395(Research), 451(Probability Theory),MAT 495(Research II), and CS 331(Data Structures), CS 426 (Databases), CS 478 (Cryptography) or MAT 300 level or above with department r approval.

Mathematics Minor: (20-21 credits)

MAT 110Pre-Calculus 3 cr.
MAT 211Calculus I 4 cr.
MAT 212Calculus II 4 cr.
Three courses with department approval 9-10
Total 20-21

Acceptance into the major

In order to be provisionally accepted as a Mathematical Sciences major, a student must meet the following criteria:
a) 970 SAT or 20 ACT scores, with at least 500 in the SAT math section
b) At least 2.7 GPA from high school or college
c) At least 4 units of H.S. mathematics in algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
A student will be fully accepted as a major in Mathematical Sciences after successful completion with a grade of C or above in MAT 211 (Calculus I) and MAT 253 (Discrete Mathematics I).