Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Mathematics

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Mathematics

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Mathematics, students will be able to:

  1. Achieve both practical and theoretical fluency in calculus and linear algebra.
  2. Acquire a background at the undergraduate level in a wide variety of central areas of mathematics.
  3. Be acquainted with formal mathematical reasoning, including proofs.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Mathematics

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Mathematics must complete:

  • A minimum of 12 courses (36 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 

Students who are pursuing 2 majors (i.e., are double majors) are eligible for a course substitution exception in the Elective Requirements. Double majors may substitute approved mathematics-related courses for up to 3 courses (9 credit hours) of the 8 courses (24 credit hours) required at the 300-level or above. Double majors who later drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.  

Students receive advanced placement credit for MATH 101 by achieving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP AB-level test and for MATH 101 and MATH 102 by achieving a score of 4 or 5 on the BC-level test. Students who have had calculus but have not taken the AP test may petition the department for a waiver of the calculus requirements. Entering students should enroll in the most advanced course commensurate with their background; advice is available from the mathematics faculty during Orientation Week and at other times.

The chair of the MATH department's undergraduate committee may modify requirements to meet the needs of specific advanced students. If a course is repeatable for credit, the course may only be repeated once.  

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Mathematics36
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Mathematics120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
Select 1 from the following:6
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND LINEAR ALGEBRA
and MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 1
HONORS CALCULUS III
and HONORS CALCULUS IV
Elective Requirements
Select 8 additional courses from departmental (MATH) course offerings at the 300-level or above. 224
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Mathematics36
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements24
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Mathematics

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Mathematics should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Mathematics website: http://math.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Mathematics

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Mathematics website: http://math.rice.edu/