Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)
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What is a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics?

The Bachelor of Arts in mathematics degree program offers students a combination of rigorous mathematical training with the flexibility of a liberal arts education. The B.A. offers the same core requirements as the B.S. program but offers more choices in mathematics and free electives. The flexibility offered by this degree program makes it an excellent choice for students pursuing dual majors or double majors in other fields.

Why study mathematics at UNH?

You can study one of the world’s oldest and most consequential sciences alongside accomplished mathematicians, statisticians and educators who have won prestigious honors, including a Grammy Award and MacArthur “genius” grant. You’ll enjoy many small, specialized classes that will prepare you for a wide range of careers. This department has produced many winners of the prestigious Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.

Potential careers

  • Computational scientist
  • Financial services/actuary
  • Mathematician/statistician (government/research/academia)
  • Programmer
  • Quantitative specialist in business or industry
  • Software developer
  • Teacher/educator/curriculum supervisor
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Curriculum & Requirements

The bachelor of arts degree with the mathematics major may offer a broader liberal arts program than the bachelor of science degree programs. By a careful selection of electives, students can shape this major into a preparation for graduate school, business, or industry.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
Language Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Inquiry Course 4
MATH 400 Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
MATH 445
or CS 410C
or CS 410P
Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB
or Introduction to Scientific Programming/C
or Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Language Course 4
Second Year
MATH 528 Multidimensional Calculus 4
MATH 539 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
MATH 531 Mathematical Proof 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
MATH 545
or MATH 645
Introduction to Linear Algebra
or Linear Algebra for Applications
MATH 761 Abstract Algebra 4
Discovery Course 4
Writing Intensive Course 4
MATH 767 One-Dimensional Real Analysis 4
MATH Elective Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Writing Intensive Course 4
Fourth Year
MATH 797
or MATH 799
Senior Seminar
or Senior Thesis
MATH Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
MATH Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 4
 Total Credits129

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

In all courses used to satisfy the requirements for its major programs, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires that a student earn a grade of C- or better and have an overall grade-point average of at least 2.00 in these courses.

Required MATH Courses
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 445Mathematics and Applications with MATLAB4
or CS 410P Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python
or CS 410C Introduction to Scientific Programming/C
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 14
MATH 528Multidimensional Calculus 14
MATH 531Mathematical Proof4
MATH 539Introduction to Statistical Analysis4
MATH 545Introduction to Linear Algebra 14
or MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications
MATH 761Abstract Algebra4
MATH 767One-Dimensional Real Analysis4
THREE approved MATH courses, selected in consultation with the academic advisor12
Capstone: Select one of the following
MATH 797Senior Seminar4
MATH 799Senior Thesis2 or 4
Other Required Courses
Foreign language requirement as defined by the University for all B.A. degrees.
Total Credits58-60

The full Linearity sequence, MATH 525 and MATH 526, may be used to replace the MATH 527, MATH 528, and MATH 545 / MATH 645 requirements.

MATH 525 may be used to replace the MATH 545 or MATH 645 requirement.

  • Students can explain core concepts from a range of different branches of mathematics, including analysis, algebra, calculus and statistics.
  • Students can correctly interpret mathematical definitions and construct simple proofs which use definitions and logical arguments to establish properties of mathematical objects.
  • Students are aware that mathematical objects may have multiple representations and are able to select representations which clarify problems and simplify calculations.
  • Students can recognize valid and invalid mathematical arguments.

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