BA & BS Majors and Minor

Why Study Mathematics at the University of Minnesota?

Our undergraduate programs offer students a solid education based on long-standing traditions and state-of-the-art facilities. Mathematics students benefit from on-campus programs and centers, research opportunities, and award-winning faculty. The School of Mathematics is highly ranked both nationally and internationally. Undergraduate major programs provide a comprehensive background in mathematics, rooted in either a strong STEM background (B.S. Mathematics) or a broad liberal arts education (B.A. Mathematics).

A Career in Mathematics Starts Here!

School of Mathematics alumni go on to highly selective graduate programs, have numerous career options, and are sought out by prestigious companies. Students have opportunities for guided research, internships, and other vital real-world experience.

View "What can I do with a Math major?" to see the industries, employers, and careers that our Math alumni have pursued after graduation. The American Mathematical Society (AMS) mathematics career exploration page also gives numerous links to career ideas incorporating mathematics! 


Undergraduate degree options include:

Compare the program requirements for the Math minor, Mathematics BA and BS

Lower Division Math Requirements for the majors and minor :

  • MATH 1271/1371/ 1571H  Calculus I
  • MATH 1272/1372/1572H  Calculus II
  • MATH 2243/2373/2574H/3592H  Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
  • MATH 2263/2374/2573H/3593H  Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 3283W  Sequences, Series, and Foundations


  • In addition to the 5 lower division math courses, the BS Math major also requires lower division courses in computer science (CSCI 1103, 1113, or 1133) and physics (PHYS 1301W, 1302W, and PHYS 2303/2311/2503).
  • Prerequisites for declaring either the BA Math major or the Math minor are Calculus I, II, and either Linear Algebra & Differential Equations or Multivariable Calculus.
  • Admission to the BS Math major requires Calculus I, II, and either Linear Algebra & Differential Equations or Multivariable Calculus plus PHYS 1301W and PHYS 1302W.
  • MATH 3283W may be taken after or concurrently with the fourth Calculus course, whether that is Linear Algebra & Differential Equations OR Multivariable.
  • MATH 3283W will be waived if both MATH 3592H and 3593H have been completed.

Specializations BA & BS Math majors may choose to complete their program with no specialization or one of four specializations. Some specializations require additional courses outside the MATH designator.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Mathematical Biology - either a Genomics or a Physiology emphasis
  • Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education specialization is intended for those who want to teach at the 5-12 grade level. Those who are interested in teaching mathematics at a 2 or 4-year institution should plan on pursuing a graduate degree. See courses in Mathematics Graduate Study Preparation for guidance in course planning.

See information about math advisingand major or minor declaration.