The aim of these degree programs is to provide students with a core knowledge of mathematics essential to the understanding of science and other disciplines. Students should gain substantial problem solving and critical reasoning skills and should develop an understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of mathematics.  The knowledge gained through these programs should provide the necessary background in mathematics for those students planning to go on to graduate study in mathematics and related fields.  This knowledge should also prepare those students who will be immediately entering careers in science, business, education or other fields which are increasingly making use of mathematics.


Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science


The requirements of a major in mathematics vary according to the objectives of the student. The seven courses required of all mathematics majors are 161 (or 171), 162 (or 172), 210, 230, 310, 461 (or 561), 433 (or 533). An additional four courses are required, selected from one of the following options: 

• Core Mathematics: four of 510, 512, 531, 532, 534, 551, 562. 

• Applied Analysis: 311, 512, 513-514 or 515-516 (course work in physics is desirable). 

• Computational Mathematics: 320, 517 (same as CSC 517), 520-521. 

• Probability and Statistics: 224, 524-525, 542 (or 528).

• Secondary School Teaching: 224, 309, and two of: 502, 504, 505 (this option is only for those obtaining a teaching credential).

• Mathematical Economics: MTH 524-525, ECO 512 or ECO 520 or ECO 521, ECO 533.

It would be useful for students planning to do graduate study in mathematics to complete the following courses: 531, 532, 533, 534, 561, 562.

Students interested in actuarial science should choose the Probability and Statistics option; for these students a finance minor is recommended.

Transfer students will be permitted to apply up to 14 transfer credits towards the major; however, the courses 461 (or 561) and 433 (or 533) must be completed at the University of Miami.

A grade of C- or better is required for each course applied toward the major; the overall quality point average for University of Miami courses applied toward the major must be 2.5 or above.


A minor in mathematics requires three of the following courses which must be taken in the Department of Mathematics, University of Miami: 210, 211 (or 310), 224, 230, 309, 311, 320, 359, 433, 461; 500-level mathematics courses with departmental approval. 

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the three courses applied toward the minor; the quality point average for the three courses must be 2.5 or above.


Requirements for departmental honors in Mathematics:
Three two-course sequences from 513-514, 515-516, 520-521, 524-525, 531-532, 533-534, 561-562; the student must attain at least a B in each course used to fulfill this requirement. In addition, the student must attain at least a 3.5 average over all courses counted toward the mathematics major and an overall (university-wide) average of at least 3.3.

For requirements leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with a major in mathematics, see the Bulletin of the Graduate School.