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Bachelor of Arts Requirments

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 requirements vary, depending on your entrance date:

Entering September 2010 and beyond

  The Mathematics major requires completion of at least 33 credits, depending upon the student's preparation in Calculus prior to entering Boston College.
Preparation
(if necessary)
MT 102 Calculus I (Math and Science Majors), or its equivalent (e.g., four or higher on the Calculus AP exam)
MT 103 Calculus II (Math and Science Majors), or MT 105 Calculus II-AP (Math and Science Majors), or an equivalent (e.g., five on the Calculus BC AP exam).

Required Courses

MT 202 Multivariable Calculus
MT 210 Linear Algebra
MT 216 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
MT 310 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MT 320 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 MT courses numbered 400 or higher for each.
Required Elective Courses

Eighteen (18) elective credits in MT courses numbered 400 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 MT courses which make up your major.

Entering prior to September 2010

  The Mathematics major requires completion of at least 11 courses, depending upon the student's preparation in Calculus prior to entering Boston College.
Preparation
(if necessary)
MT 102 Calculus I (Math and Science Majors), or its equivalent (e.g., four or higher on the Calculus AP exam)
MT 103 Calculus II (Math and Science Majors), or MT 105 Calculus II-AP (Math and Science Majors), or an equivalent (e.g., five on the Calculus BC AP exam).
Required Courses

MT 202 Multivariable Calculus
MT 210 Linear Algebra
MT 216 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
MT 310 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MT 320 Introduction to Analysis

Required Course Substitution Notes With the approval of the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, advanced students may omit required courses, substituting MT courses 400 or higher.
Required Elective Courses Six Mathematics electives must be completed, chosen from MT courses numbered 400 and above.
GPA Requirement A grade point average of at least 1.67 must be achieved in the MT 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 MT 102 - MT 105 - MT 202), 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:

Chair

Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs Assistant Chair for Graduate Programs

Solomon Friedberg
Carney 317

Contact
Kevin Vetiac
617-552-1201
mathchair@bc.edu

William Keane
Carney 319
617-552-3751
mathugrd@bc.edu

Robert Meyerhoff
Carney 316
617-552-3759
mathgrad@bc.edu