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College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

department of mathematics

The Bachelor of Arts program in Mathematics is designed to provide a solid foundation in the main areas of mathematics and mathematical applications. Course work is offered in preparation for careers in the actuarial profession, applied areas of government and industry, and education. Students who succeed in the program make excellent candidates for law school and other professional schools.

  The Mathematics major requires completion of at least 33 credits, depending upon the student's preparation in Calculus prior to entering Boston College.
(if necessary)
MATH 1102 Calculus I (Math and Science Majors), or its equivalent (e.g., four or higher on the Calculus AP exam)
MATH 1103 Calculus II (Math and Science Majors), or MATH 1105 Calculus II-AP (Math and Science Majors), or an equivalent (e.g., five on the Calculus BC AP exam).

Required Courses

MATH 2202 Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2210 Linear Algebra
MATH 2216 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
MATH 3310 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MATH 3320 Introduction to Analysis

Required Course Substitution Notes With the approval of the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, advanced students may omit required courses, substituting three credits in MATH courses numbered 4400 or higher for each.
Required Elective Courses

Eighteen (18) elective credits in MATH courses numbered 3312, 3322, or 4400 and above.

No more than three credits may be accumulated toward the major in courses granting fewer than three credits.

GPA Requirement A grade point average of at least 1.67 must be achieved in the MATH courses which make up your major.


If you have a question about getting started in the major (for 99% of our students, this will be somewhere in the Calculus sequence MATH 1102 - MATH 1105 - MATH 2202), please visit the Mathematics major advisement pages of our Advisement Website.


We also have other pages targeted towards helping you plan your math program and/or make room your schedule if you're thinking about going abroad.


For more information and advice, please contact any of the following:



Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs Assistant Chair for Graduate Programs

Solomon Friedberg
Carney 317

Jo-Ann Coe

William Keane
Carney 319

Robert Meyerhoff
Carney 316