Mathematics, B.A.
Mathematics emphasizes careful reasoning, along with the analysis and solution of problems. Hence, a major or minor in mathematics will appeal to students who like to develop their skills in problem solving and analytical thinking. For this reason, mathematics is also an appropriate major for students planning careers in law or medicine.
Saint Louis University’s mathematics program combines the features of both small and large schools to create a compelling educational experience. Students can expect a studentfriendly environment, with the math courses for majors small in size and taught by regular faculty (calculus classes are capped at 30 students). Faculty get to know students and give individual advice while students are individually recruited for participation in math contests and other opportunities.
Like a large school’s program, math at SLU also has enough breadth to let students tailor their upperdivision math courses to their interests and goals. Students interested in pure mathematics can choose theoretical courses that provide a solid preparation for graduate school.
Since SLU has a graduate program in mathematics, exceptional undergraduate students have the opportunity to take graduate courses in mathematics. Students interested in applied mathematics (or science and engineering students interested in a second major in mathematics) can focus on a wide selection of more applied courses. Students interested in statistics can select a variety of courses in statistics and probability theory. Students interested in secondary school teaching can select courses that fill the requirements of the major and of a teaching certificate at the same time.
Curriculum Overview
SLU's Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of interests. All mathematics majors complete a basic core of required mathematics courses and then choose elective courses to tailor the program of study to meet their individual goals. Along with the standard program of study for the B.A. in mathematics, the department also offers a concentration in statistics and a teachers option. The concentration in statistics is designed to prepare students for careers in industry or for graduate study in statistics or data science. The teachers option requires students to choose courses that meet the requirements for state certification in mathematics.
Teaching Track
For students who are planning a career in secondary education, SLU's math degree offers a track featuring courses that meet the requirements for state certification in mathematics.
Concentration in Statistics
For students planning a career in analyzing data.
Fieldwork and Research Opportunities
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.
Careers
Benefits of this program also include several career opportunities. There are many occupations and career paths open to a mathematics major. A good source for information about these is the webpage, maa.org/careers, which is maintained by the Mathematical Association of America.
Graduates have pursued a variety of careers. While some have gone into secondary education, many others have found employment in companies or government agencies such as:
 Bureau of Reclamation
 Compaq
 Mastercard
 Mercer St. Louis
 NISA Investment Advisors
 National Imaging and Mapping Agency
 PricewaterhouseCoopers
 Shell Oil
Other graduates have enrolled in graduate or professional schools in mathematics, business administration, computer science, physics, meteorology, medicine and education, among other fields.
Admission Requirements
Freshman
All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file. College admission test scores (ACT or SAT) are used as an additional indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University and are used as qualifiers for certain University scholarship programs. To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, the applicant must be graduating from an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the General Education Development (GED) test.
Transfer
Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED. An official high school transcript and official test scores are required only of those students who have attempted fewer than 24 transferable semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit. Those having completed 24 or more of college credit need only submit a transcript from previously attended college(s). In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the office of admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in collegelevel coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University.
International Applicants
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
 Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
 Proof of financial support must include:
 A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
 A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
 Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all endofterm examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:
 Scholarships: awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
 Financial Aid: provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.
For priority consideration for meritbased scholarships, applicants should apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
 Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to solve a variety of mathematical problems.
 Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to recall important mathematical definitions and results (for example, theorems).
 Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to apply mathematical reasoning, including formulating definitions.
 Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to apply the methods of direct and indirect proof.
 Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate mathematical ideas and concepts clearly in written problem solutions.
Code  Title  Credits 

Core Requirements  
College core requirements  5766  
For additional information about core courses  
Mathematics Core  
MATH 1510  Calculus I  4 
MATH 1520  Calculus II  4 
MATH 2530  Calculus III ^{‡}  4 
MATH 2660  Principles of Mathematics  3 
MATH 3120  Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 
Beyond the foundation mathematics courses listed above, all students must complete a minimum of 15 further credits at the 3000level or above, 6 credits of which must be at or above the 4000level. These 15 credits include a required course in statistics, one sequence and electives. These courses ensure that all students learn fundamental topics in mathematics and have an opportunity to build depth in one or more areas of their choosing.  
Statistics Requirement  
STAT 3850  Foundation of Statistics  3 
Sequence requirement  
Students must complete a sequence at the upper division level, selected with the educational and career plans of the individual student in mind.  6  
Differential Equations Sequence:  
MATH 3550  Differential Equations  
And one of the following:  
MATH 4550  Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos  
or MATH 4570  Partial Differential Equations  
Statistics Sequence:  
MATH 3850  Foundation of Statistics  
And one of the following:  
STAT 4800  Probability Theory  
or STAT 4840  Time Series  
or STAT 4870  Applied Regression  
Algebra Sequence:  
MATH 4110  Introduction to Abstract Algebra  
And one of the following:  
MATH 4120  Linear Algebra  
or MATH 4150  Number Theory  
Analysis Sequence:  
MATH 4210  Introduction to Analysis  
And one of the following:  
MATH 4220  Metric Spaces  
or MATH 4230  Multivariable Analysis  
Complex Analysis Sequence:  
MATH 4310  Introduction to Complex Variables  
And one of the following:  
MATH 4320  Complex Variables II  
or MATH 4360  Geometric Topology  
Mathematics Electives  
Depending on the number of credits taken to satisfy the other requirements, students will need to take 23 additional courses at the 3000 level or higher. Students must include at least two 4000 level classes. MATH 3110 does not count as an elective, since credit is not given for both MATH 3110 and MATH 3120.  
Computer Programming  
CSCI 1060  Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming  34 
or CSCI 1300  Introduction to ObjectOriented Programming  
Track or Concentration Option  
Students then have the option to pursue one of the following, if desired  1518  
General Electives  518  
Total Credits  120 
‡  MATH 2530 Calculus III (4 cr) must be taken at Saint Louis University with minimum grade of “C” 
Track and Concentration Requirements
Students then have the option to pursue one of the following, if desired:
Teachers Option Track
Code  Title  Credits 

Required Courses  
MATH 4050  History of Mathematics  3 
MATH 4110  Introduction to Abstract Algebra (Pure Math Course)  3 
or MATH 4210  Introduction to Analysis  
MATH 4410  Foundations of Geometry (Geometry Course)  3 
or MATH 4430  NonEuclidean Geometry  
Elective  
Select one of the following:  3  
MATH 3550  Differential Equations  
MATH 4800  Probability Theory  
MATH 4850  Mathematical Statistics  
MATH 4870  Applied Regression  
MATH 4150  Number Theory  
Total Credits  12 
Statistics Concentration
Code  Title  Credits 

Required Courses  
MATH 4800  Probability Theory  3 
MATH 4850  Mathematical Statistics  3 
CSCI 1300  Introduction to ObjectOriented Programming  4 
Elective Courses  
Select two of the following:  6  
MATH 4210  Introduction to Analysis  
MATH 4230  Multivariable Analysis  
MATH 4840  Time Series  
MATH 4860  Statistical Models  
MATH 4870  Applied Regression  
CSCI 5750  Machine Learning  
Total Credits  16 
Continuation Standards
Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA in their mathematics major or minor courses by the conclusion of their sophomore year, must maintain a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA in these courses at the conclusion of each semester thereafter, and must be registered in at least one mathematics course counting toward their major or minor in each academic year (until all requirements are completed).
Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum Requirements
Code  Title  Credits 

Core Components and Credits  
Foundations of Discourse  3  
Diversity in the U.S.  3  
Global Citizenship  3  
Foreign Language  09  
Fine Arts  3  
Literature  6  
Mathematics  3  
Natural Science  6  
Philosophy  9  
Social Science  6  
Theology  9  
World History  6  
Total Credits  5766 
Graduation Requirements
 Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding precollege level courses [numbered below 1000]).
 Courses listed under the intensive English program do not count toward graduation requirements. EAP 1500 College Composition for International Students (3 cr), EAP 1900 Rhetoric & Research Strategies (3 cr) and EAP 2850 Introduction to Literature for International Students (3 cr) count toward graduation requirements as equivalents to Department of English courses. In addition to those courses, six credits from EAP/MLNG courses at the 1000 level or higher may count toward graduation requirements
 Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
 Complete Dept/Program specific academic and performance requirements.
 Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
 Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
 Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.
Roadmaps are recommended semesterbysemester plans of study for programs and assume fulltime enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
Standard Track
Year One  

Fall  Credits  
MATH 1510  Calculus I  4 
UNIV 1010  Enhancing FirstYear Success  1 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Credits  14  
Spring  
MATH 1520  Calculus II  4 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Year Two  
Fall  
MATH 2530  Calculus III  4 
MATH 2660  Principles of Mathematics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Spring  
MATH 3120  Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 
MATH 3850  Foundation of Statistics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Year Three  
Fall  
Mathematics and Statistics Sequences ^{1}  3  
CSCI 1300  Introduction to ObjectOriented Programming  4 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Spring  
Mathematics and Statistics Sequences ^{1}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Year Four  
Fall  
Mathematics or Statistics Elective ^{2}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Spring  
Mathematics or Statistics Elective ^{2}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Total Credits  122 
^{1}  Students may choose among five different sequences in Mathematics and Statistics.

^{2}  Any 3000 or 4000level MATH or STAT course numbered higher than MATH 3120 Introduction to Linear Algebra. Students must complete at least two 4000level MATH or STAT courses. 
Teachers Option
Year One  

Fall  Credits  
MATH 1510  Calculus I  4 
UNIV 1010  Enhancing FirstYear Success  1 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Credits  14  
Spring  
MATH 1520  Calculus II  4 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Year Two  
Fall  
MATH 2530  Calculus III  4 
MATH 2660  Principles of Mathematics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Spring  
MATH 3120  Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Year Three  
Fall  
Pure Mathematics Elective ^{1}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Spring  
MATH 4050  History of Mathematics ^{2}  3 
MATH/STAT 3850  Foundation of Statistics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Year Four  
Fall  
Mathematics or Statistics Elective ^{3}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Spring  
Geometry Elective ^{4}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Total Credits  121 
^{1}  See note below about the Pure Mathematics Requirement. 
^{2}  See note below about the History of Mathematics Requirement. 
^{3}  See note below about Mathematics and Statistics Electives. 
^{4}  See note below about the Geometry Requirement. 
Program Notes
Pure Mathematics Requirement
Students can satisfy the pure mathematics requirement by completing either MATH 4110 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3 cr) or MATH 4210 Introduction to Analysis (3 cr).
History of Mathematics Requirement
MATH 4050 History of Mathematics (3 cr) is typically offered in the spring of evennumbered years. Students may need to adjust their schedule accordingly.
Mathematics and Statistics Elective
MATH 3550 Differential Equations (3 cr), MATH 4800 Probability Theory (3 cr)/STAT 4800 Probability Theory (3 cr), or MATH 4150 Number Theory (3 cr).
Geometry Requirement
Students can satisfy the geometry requirement by completing either MATH 4410 Foundations of Geometry (3 cr) or MATH 4430 NonEuclidean Geometry (3 cr). One of these two courses will typically be offered in the spring of oddnumbered years. Students may need to adjust their schedule accordingly.
Statistics Concentration
Year One  

Fall  Credits  
MATH 1510  Calculus I  4 
UNIV 1010  Enhancing FirstYear Success  1 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Credits  14  
Spring  
MATH 1520  Calculus II  4 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Year Two  
Fall  
MATH 2530  Calculus III  4 
MATH 2660  Principles of Mathematics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Spring  
MATH 3120  Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 
MATH/STAT 3850  Foundation of Statistics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  18  
Year Three  
Fall  
CSCI 1300  Introduction to ObjectOriented Programming  4 
Mathematics or Statistics Elective ^{1}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  16  
Spring  
Mathematics or Statistics Elective ^{1}  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Year Four  
Fall  
MATH/STAT 4800  Probability Theory  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Spring  
MATH/STAT 4850  Mathematical Statistics  3 
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
A&S Core  3  
Elective (if needed)  3  
Credits  15  
Total Credits  125 
^{1}  See note below about Mathematics and Statistics Electives. 
Program Notes
Mathematics and Statistics Elective
Students must choose two courses from: MATH 4210 Introduction to Analysis (3 cr), MATH 4230 Multivariable Analysis (3 cr), MATH 4840 Time Series (3 cr)/STAT 4840 Time Series (3 cr), MATH 4860 Statistical Models (3 cr)/STAT 4860 Statistical Models (3 cr), MATH 4870 Applied Regression (3 cr)/STAT 4870 Applied Regression (3 cr), CSCI 5750 Machine Learning (3 cr).