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    General Degree Requirements


    Students are required to earn a minimum of 120 semester credits, at least 40 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. They must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average overall, as well as in each major and minor. They must also fulfill General Education and SAH College Core requirements. 

    Writing-in-the-Major

    The Mathematics Department includes a writing-in-the-major program, which incorporates writing requirements across a student's curriculum rather than identifying specific classes as writing emphasis classes. Students who complete a major in Mathematics simultaneously meet the General Education requirement previously met by taking writing emphasis courses.

     

    Major Requirements 


    Mathematics Major

    At least 40 credit hours in mathematics, including:

    I. Required core courses:

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Mathematical Proofs: MTH 225
    • Algebra: MTH 309, 411
    • Analysis: MTH 407
    • Computer Science: CS 120

    II. Electives:

    • Choose at least 9 credits from: MTH 245, 311, 317, 320, 331, 353, 371, 408, 410, 412, 413, 441, 442, 461, 480, CS 453, PHY 470.
    • Mathematics/CS double majors may count MTH 317, 371 and CS 453 in both majors.
    • Mathematics/Physics double majors may count MTH 461 and PHY 470 in both majors.

      

    Mathematics Major with Applied Emphasis

    At least 43 credit hours in mathematics, including:

    I. Required core courses:

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Mathematical Proofs: MTH 225
    • Algebra: MTH 309
    • Analysis: MTH 353, 371
    • Applied: MTH 461 or 480                                 
    • Computer Science: CS 120

    II. Electives:

    • Choose at least 9 credits from: MTH 245, 407, 408, 410, 413, 441, 442, 448, 461, 480,  Three credits may be chosen from CHM 310, CS 453, PHY 470, 474.
    • Applied Math/CS double majors may count MTH 371 and CS 453 in both majors.
    • Applied Math/Physics double majors may count MTH 461 and PHY 470 in both majors.

      

    Mathematics Education Major (Early Adolescence - Adolescence Certification)

    At least 45-46 credit hours in mathematics (not including certification requirements), including:

    I. Required core courses:

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Mathematical Proofs: MTH 225
    • Probability: MTH 245
    • Algebra: MTH 309
    • Geometry: MTH 331
    • Mathematical Methods: MTH 321, 421
    • Computer Science: CT 100 or CS 120

    II. Electives:

    • Choose at least 3 credits from: MTH 311, 317, 320, 353, 371.
    • Choose at least 3 credits from: MTH 407, 410, 411, 413, 441, 442, 461, 480.

      

    Statistics Major

    At least 40 credit hours in mathematics, including:

    I. Required core courses:

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Algebra: MTH 309
    • Statistics: MTH 245, 405, 440, 441, 442, 445, 446                                    
    • Computer Science: CS 120

    II. Electives:

    • Choose at least 3 credits from: MTH 371, 407, 443, 447, 449.

      

    Statistics Major with Concentration in Actuarial Science 

    At least 55 credit hours in mathematics and business, including:

    I. Required core courses:

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Algebra: MTH 309
    • Statistics: MTH 245, 405, 440, 441, 442, 445, 446                                    
    • Computer Science: CS 120
    • Accounting: ACC 221, 222
    • Economics: ECO 110, 120
    • Finance: 355

    II. Electives:

    • Choose at least 3 credits from: MTH 371, 407, 443, 447, 448, 449.

      

    Mathematics/Engineering Dual Degree Program

    Students with a math major who are also interested engineering are able to receive both a Bachelor of Science (mathematics major) from UW- La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science (engineering major) from UW-Madison. At UW-L, students must complete a minimum of 85 credits, including the General Education requirements and specific math and science course in preparation for the engineering program.

    The  following courses at UW-L for this program include:

    Mathematics

    • Calculus: MTH 207, 208, 310
    • Mathematical Proofs: MTH 225
    • Probability: MTH 245
    • Algebra: MTH 309
    • Analysis: MTH 353, 371
    • Applied: MTH 461 or 480                                 
    • Computer Science: CS 120

    Science

    • Chemistry: CHM 103, 104
    • Physics: PHY 203, 204, 321

    Business

    • Accounting: ACC 221 (for Industrial Engineering program)
    • Economics: ECO 110, 120, 336
    Minor Requirements


    Mathematics Minor

    At least 22 credits in mathematics:  MTH 207, 208, 309; nine credits from MTH 225, 245, 265, MTH courses numbered 300 and above. Credit for MTH 151 may be used to fulfill three of the nine additional credits. Computer science majors may count MTH 317, 371 and CS 453 for credit in both the computer science major and the mathematics minor. Physics majors may count MTH 461 and PHY 470 for credit in both the physics major and the mathematics minor.

    Statistics Minor 

    At least 20 credits in mathematics:  MTH 145, 175 or 207, 405; nine credits from MTH 443, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449. With the approval of the mathematics department chair, a research methods course from another department may be substituted for three of the nine additional credits. MTH 245 may be substituted for MTH 145. This minor is not available to mathematics majors.  

    Mathematics Education Minor (Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Certification)

    At least 22 credits of mathematics: MTH 135, 136, 171, 280, 175 or 207; four credits from MTH 145, 151, 208, 265, 321, or other MTH courses numbered 300 and above.   

    Mathematics Education Minor (Early Adolescence - Adolescence)

    At least 32 credits of mathematics: MTH 207, 208, 225, 245, 309, 310, 331, and 421.    

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    Mathematics Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

    Admission requirements for STEP Program

    (Teacher certification program: early adolescence-adolescence certification)

    40-41 credits (43-45 total credits including CT 100 or CS 120)

    MTH 207Calculus I5
    MTH 208Calculus II4
    MTH 225Logic and Discrete Mathematics 14
    MTH 245Probability and Statistics4
    MTH 309Linear Algebra with Differential Equations4
    MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariate Calculus4
    MTH 321Teaching Mathematics with Technology3
    MTH 331Introduction to Modern Geometry3
    MTH 421Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Computer Science in the Secondary School4
    Select two additional courses of the following: (at least one course must be at the 400 level)6
    Number Theory
    Graph Theory
    History of Mathematics
    Differential Equations
    Introduction to Numerical Methods
    Real Analysis I
    Complex Analysis
    Abstract Algebra I
    Topics in Linear Algebra
    Mathematical Statistics I
    Mathematical Statistics II
    Mathematical Physics
    Studies in Applied Mathematics
    Total Credits41
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    may substitute CS 225 for MTH 225.

    In addition, CT 100 or CS 120 (3-4 credits) is required.

    Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

    All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.    

    Baccalaureate degrees

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

    1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
    2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
    3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
    4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor  do courses from two-year schools.
    5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
    6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. File a completed "Apply for Graduation" form via the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession  graduates  should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by  December 1.
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    Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

    No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

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