Mathematics Major Requirements

New Requirements! Effective Fall 2016 the Mathematics Major has been revised. This website details the new requirements. Currently declared majors may switch to these new requirements by emailing their academic advisor or one of our Mathematics Undergraduate Advisors, or they may stick with the major requirements in place at the time of their major declaration. To review the major requirements from recent years, see the Fact Sheet for Mathematics Major Pre-Fall 2016.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class, and upon whether you are pursuing the BA or the BS. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor every semester to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about College of Letters and Science Degree Requirements.

To clarify any requirements, contact one of our  Mathematics Undergraduate Advisors.

Preparatory Curriculum

Students in all majors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete:

  • MATH 231 (or 213), 232, and 233 (or equivalent)
    Students majoring in mathematics must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in these courses
    MATH 221 and 222 are equivalent to MATH 231, 232, and 233.
  • MATH 234 or 240
  • A course in computer programming in a modern, high-level language
    For Example: COMP SCI 151, COMP SCI 153, COMP SCI 240, COMP SCI 250 (201), or COMP SCI 251

The department also recommends strongly one year of calculus-based physics.

Capstone Experience

Students in all majors and major options in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete a “Capstone Experience”. The aim of the department’s capstone experience is to encourage independent learning. Students complete a research paper in the context of this course, which satisfies the L&S research requirement.  For Mathematics majors students may choose either Math 599 or Math 575. Students must obtain consent of a professor to enroll in Math 599.

Core Curriculum

Students electing the mathematics major must complete Math 341 and 24 additional credits in upper­ division math courses (those numbered 300 and above, and in curricular areas Math or MthStat). Required among these 24 upper­ division math credits are at least 6 cr in math courses numbered 500 and above, excluding Math or MthStat 591, 599, 699. Note that Math 381 and MthStat 465 and 467 are not open for credit in the Mathematics major.

Students must complete at least 15 upper­ division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work.


Courses fall naturally into groups:

Applied mathematics group:
MATH 305, 320, 321, 322, 371, 405, 431, 581, 601, 602.

Computational mathematics group:
MATH 313, 315, 413, 415, 417, 615, 617.

Probability and statistics group:
MATH 571; MTHSTAT 361, 362, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 568.

Pure mathematics group:
I. MATH 521, 522, 531, 535, 551, 621, 622, 631, 632;
II. MATH 423, 451, 453, 511, 537, 553.

For students planning to pursue graduate studies in mathematics, we recommend students take at least 36 cr upper division mathematics courses, with as many courses as possible from Pure Mathematics, Group I. Many PhD programs require reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian.

For students planning to pursue graduate studies in statistics or economics, we recommend Math 521, 522, and as many as possible of MthStat 361, 362, and 562– 568.

For students seeking employment in statistics after the bachelor’s degree, we recommend MthStat 361, 362, and as many as possible of MthStat 562– 568, as well as courses in computer programming (Comp Sci 250, 251, etc.).

For students seeking general non-academic employment after the bachelor’s degree, we recommend courses from: the Probability and Statistics group (including MthStat 362), the Applied Mathematics group (including both modeling and differential equations), the Computational Mathematics group, Linear Algebra (Math 535), and courses in computer programming (Comp Sci 240, 250, 251, etc.).

For students intending to become high school mathematics teachers, we recommend courses in algebra (Math 431, 531), geometry (451, 453), linear algebra (535), numerical methods (413), advanced calculus (521, 522), the math education capstone (575), and probability and statistics (MthStat 361 & 362).

For students pursuing a major in mathematics as a liberal art, for general logical and critical thinking skills, we recommend the Pure Mathematics courses.

Honors in the Major

Students in Mathematics who meet all of the following criteria can be awarded honors in the major upon graduation:

  1. A 3.000 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
  2. A 3.500 GPA over all UWM courses counting toward the Mathematics major;
  3. A 3.500 GPA over all upper division UWM courses counting toward the Mathematics major; and
  4. At least one of the following:
    • Successful completion of at least two semesters of research and/or internship experiences. These may include one or more of the Capstone Experience (Math 599), a directed independent study for credit (Math 699), an internship for credit (Math 489), and undergraduate research for compensation.
    • Successful completion of at least 6 credits in Mathematical Sciences (curricular areas Math or MthStat) courses numbered 600 or above.
    • A score of at least the 50th percentile on the Math Subject GRE.

Students who believe they may qualify for honors in Mathematics should apply to the Department of Mathematical Sciences during their last semester of study.