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
  • MAT 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 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:

  • 970 SAT or 20 ACT scores, with at least 500 in the SAT math section
  • At least 2.7 GPA from high school or college
  • 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).