Mathematics BS, Data Science Emphasis

General Education Requirements

All department majors must satisfy the university and appropriate school or college general education requirements. All mathematics courses may be used to meet the university’s general education breadth of study requirement in natural sciences and mathematics.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Restrictions

All department majors may not take mathematical sciences or related area courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students considering graduate study should consult with their advisers about taking work on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Degree Requirements

All courses of the department presented to meet the degree requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. At least four courses numbered 3000 or above must be taken in residence. Students must have a 2.0 grade point average in the mathematical sciences courses completed.

Students enrolling in introductory mathematics courses should check the prerequisites to determine if a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test is necessary. Placement into introductory courses assumes a mastery of two years of high school algebra.

A minimum grade of C- is required to meet the prerequisite requirement for any course except with permission of the department.

Note: Courses that are prerequisites for higher-level courses may not be taken for credit or quality points if the higher-level course has been satisfactorily completed.

Many students are qualified, as a result of having studied calculus in high school, to begin their major with MATH 1900, Analytic Geometry and Calculus II, or MATH 2000, Analytic Geometry and Calculus III. These students are urged to consult with the department before planning their programs. Credit for MATH 1800, Analytic Geometry and Calculus I, will be granted to those students who complete MATH 1900 with a grade of C- or better.

Similarly, students who are ready to begin their computer science studies with CMP SCI 2250, Programming and Data Structures, will be granted credit for CMP SCI 1250, Introduction to Computing, once they complete CMP SCI 2250 with a grade of C- or better.

Declaring the Mathematics Major

Students seeking to major in mathematics are first designated as “pre-mathematics majors” until they have completed both MATH 1900 and MATH 2000 or equivalent courses. Upon successful completion of these two courses with grades of C or better, students will be allowed to declare mathematics as their major. Each of these courses must be completed successfully within two attempts.

Degree Requirements in Mathematics

All mathematics majors in all undergraduate programs must complete the mathematics core requirements.

Core Requirements

  1. The following courses are required:
    CMP SCI 1250Introduction to Computing3
    MATH 1320Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
    MATH 1800Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
    MATH 1900Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
    MATH 2000Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
    MATH 2020Introduction to Differential Equations3
    MATH 2450Elementary Linear Algebra3
    MATH 3250Foundations of Mathematics3
    or CMP SCI 3130 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
    MATH 4100Real Analysis I3
    Total Hours33
  2. The related area requirements as described below must be satisfied. Students seeking a double degree, either within this department or with another department, do not have to fulfill the related area requirements.

In addition to the core requirements, the B.S. in Mathematics degree requires:

  1. Completing all of the following:
    MATH 4160Complex Analysis I3
    MATH 4400Introduction to Abstract Algebra I3
    MATH 4450Linear Algebra3
    Total Hours9
  2. Completing an additional three courses numbered above 4000 in mathematics, statistics or computer science, at least one of which must be in mathematics/statistics.

Emphasis Area Requirements

Core Requirements
CMP SCI 1250Introduction to Computing3
CMP SCI 2250Programming and Data Structures3
MATH 1320Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MATH 1800Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1900Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MATH 2000Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
MATH 2020Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 2450Elementary Linear Algebra3
MATH 3250Foundations of Mathematics3
MATH 4100Real Analysis I3
Specialized Requirements
MATH 4005Exploratory Data Analysis with R3
MATH 4070Introduction to Nonlinear Optimization3
MATH 4200Mathematical Statistics I3
MATH 4210Mathematical Statistics II3
MATH 4250Introduction to Statistical Methods in Learning and Modeling3
Elective Requirements12
Choose two courses from the following list and two additional courses in mathematics, statistics or computer science numbered above 4000:
Applied Statistics
Introduction to Scientific Computation
Introduction to High-dimensional Data Analysis
Bayesian Statistical Methods
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
Linear Algebra
Total Hours63

There are no related area requirements.

Computer Science majors who would like to pursue the B.S. in Mathematics (Emphasis in Data Science) are not required to take MATH 2020 and must:

a) complete all courses in the core requirements, except for MATH 4100 and may substitute MATH 3000 for MATH 3250

b) complete all courses in the specialized requirements and one from elective requirements.

B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Mathematics

The B.S. Ed. is a professional education degree designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.  Much of the discipline-specific coursework parallels the B.A. or B.S. degree in the discipline; however, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires specific coursework for teacher certification.  Therefore, students interested in the B.S. Ed. should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education for discipline-specific requirements.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics with Master’s Level Coursework for Secondary Teacher Certification

In addition to the B.S. Ed., students may opt to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in their discipline as an undergraduate, followed by admission to the Graduate School for Master’s level teaching certification.  The College of Education has a one-year accelerated program for post-graduate certification called Teach in 12, or students can choose a traditional path to certification.  Graduate coursework for certification can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, with additional coursework.  Students interested in Master’s Level teacher certification should contact the advising office (OASIS) 314-516-5937 in the College of Education.  Note:  To obtain teaching certification, DESE requires a 3.0 GPA in the discipline and professional education coursework, as well as a 2.75 GPA overall. 

Learning Outcomes

A successful undergraduate should, upon completion, be able to:

  • Write clear, logically consistent proofs.
  • Read, understand and assess the veracity of logical arguments or mathematical proofs.
  • Reformulate problems or questions in relevant mathematical terms.
  • Solve problems which involve analysis, algebra or linear algebra, elementary number theory.
  • Interpret, formulate and solve problems and assess data related questions from an advanced probabilistic and statistical viewpoint.

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311CMP SCI 12503
ENGL 11003MATH 19005
MATH 18005MATH 13203
CORE - U.S. History and Government3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 15 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CMP SCI 12503MATH 10203
MATH 20005MATH 32503
MATH 24503CMP SCI 22503
Cultural Diversity Requirement3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
 EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 40703MATH 40053
MATH 41003MATH 42003
MATH 3000+ level Course3MATH 42503
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3Elective or minor6
ENGL 31003 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 3000+ level Course3MATH/CMP SCI elective6
MATH 42103Elective or minor8
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3 
Elective or minor6 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.