Students who study mathematics learn how to use reason and logic to solve problems
involving numbers, structures and change. SLU’s program in mathematics is based on
a strong liberal arts foundation, which makes our graduates attractive to future employers.
The curriculum also has room for you to customize your degree by adding a second major
or concentration.

SLU's math department offers scholarships and awards for sophomores, juniors and seniors,
as well as for graduating students.

Major in Mathematics

If you choose to major in mathematics at SLU, you'll benefit from a program that allows
faculty to get to know students well and give individual advice. You may be recruited
to participate in math contests or other opportunities. The department also has research
groups in algebra, analysis, geometry and topology.

Undergraduate students majoring in mathematics can choose to earn either a Bachelor
of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

The B.A. in mathematics is designed for students with a wide variety of interests.
You may select to pursue one of three tracks or a concentration in statistics:

Pure Mathematics track: For students intending to go on to graduate work in one of the mathematical sciences.

Applied Mathematics track: For students who intend to pursue a career in a field where mathematics is used in
work — such as engineering.

Teaching track: For students who are planning a career in secondary education. This track features
courses that meet the requirements for state certification in mathematics.

Concentration in Statistics: For students planning a career in analyzing data.

Since the B.A. option requires only 10 courses in mathematics, many students find
it is possible to double major in another subject.

For students who want a strong foundation in mathematics, the B.S. requires nine upper-division
mathematics courses beyond the basic math core and an additional course in computer
programming. You will take at least one class each of abstract algebra and real analysis,
as well as one upper-division statistics course. This degree provides a solid preparation
for graduate study in mathematics or a related field.

The following basic required mathematics courses are common to both the B.A. and the
B.S. degree and the traditional math minor:

MATH 1510: Calculus I

MATH 1520: Calculus II

MATH 2530: Calculus III

MATH 2660: Principles of Mathematics

MATH 3120: Introduction to Linear Algebra

These courses would normally be taken during your freshman and sophomore years, so
you are not forced to choose a degree option too early in your academic career.

An undergraduate degree in mathematics prepares you to enter the workforce as an actuary,
consultant or teacher. You might also choose to pursue a minor or coursework that
prepares you for jobs in finance, operations research, actuarial science, bioinformatics
or cryptography.

An undergraduate degree in mathematics can also be an excellent foundation for graduate
or professional programs in that field or in business administration, computer science,
physics, meteorology, medicine or education, among others.

SLU’s department of mathematics and computer science includes faculty members who
are internationally recognized researchers. A number of faculty members have received
outstanding teaching awards. Mathematics faculty are innovators in instruction, curricular
development and classroom technology.

Minor in Mathematics

SLU offers three mathematics minor options.

The traditional mathematics minor requires the basic mathematics core and one upper-division
mathematics course.

Students who want to minor in engineering mathematics must complete three semesters
of calculus and four upper-division courses in subjects of importance to engineers,
such as “MATH 3110: Linear Algebra for Engineers” and “MATH 3810: Probability and
Statistics for Engineers.”

The final option — an actuarial mathematics minor — requires three semesters of calculus,
as well as “MATH 3110: Linear Algebra,” “MATH 3760: Financial Mathematics” and “MATH
3800: Elementary Theory of Probability.”

Math majors enjoy small class sizes at SLU. Calculus classes are capped at 30 students.

Student Organization

Join the Mathematics and Computer Science Club

The SLU Mathematics and Computer Science Club gives students interested in mathematics and computers a chance to explore relevant
topics outside of the classroom. The club holds weekly meetings with activities such
as game beta testing, dancing and coding.