Degree Programs

Degrees

Degree programs

The Division of Engineering and Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS), in addition to a Minor in Mathematics and Minor in Actuarial Science. The requirements for these programs are provided below. Please see the course catalog for course descriptions, and offerings in upcoming quarters. Please contact stemadv@uw.edu with any questions.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BS)

Prerequisites

To gain admission to the program, an average grade of 2.5 in the following three prerequisite courses is required, with no grade below a 2.0 in any individual course. An average grade of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Prerequisites (15 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 124 Calculus I
5 STMATH 125 Calculus II
5 STMATH 126 Calculus III

Mathematics core requirements

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in each of the following eight core courses.

Core requirements (40 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 300 Foundations of Modern Mathematics
5 STMATH 307 Introduction to Differential Equations
5 STMATH 308 Matrix Algebra with Applications
5 STMATH 324 Multivariable Calculus
5

STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference
or
STMATH 390 Probability and Statistics in Engineering
or
STMATH 392 Probability *

5 STMATH 381 Discrete Mathematical Modeling
or
STMATH 405 Numerical Analysis I **
5 STMATH 402 Abstract Algebra I
5 STMATH 424 Real Analysis I

* STMATH 341 and STMATH 390 may not both be taken for credit; select the one that best meets the needs of your program. STMATH 392 may be taken for elective credit by students who have also taken one of STMATH 341 or 390.

** STMATH 381 and STMATH 405 may both be taken for credit, with one counting as a core requirement, and the other as an elective.

Mathematics electives

Complete five additional STMATH courses (25 credits) at the 300- or 400-level, subject to the restrictions below.
A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in each elective course being counted towards the degree.

At least three electives must be from the following list.
At least one must be from a course marked with a
*.
Credits Course
5 *  STMATH 403 Abstract Algebra II
5 *  STMATH 406 Numerical Analysis II
5 *  STMATH 408 Nonlinear Optimization
5 *  STMATH 409 Advance Linear Algebra
5 *  STMATH 425 Real Analysis II
5 *  STMATH 441 Topology
5 STMATH 407 Linear Programming
5 STMATH 420 History of Mathematics
5 STMATH 427 Complex Analysis
5 STMATH 444 Foundations of Geometry
Other approved elective courses
Credits Course
5 STMATH 310 Mathematical Game Theory (not currently offered)
5 STMATH 330 Financial Mathematics
5 STMATH 350 Applied Number Theory and Cryptography (not currently offered)
5 STMATH 381 Discrete Mathematical Modeling †
5 STMATH 392 Probability ♦
5 STMATH 405 Numerical Analysis I †
5 STMATH / B EDUC 465 Fostering Algebraic Reasoning
5 STMATH / B EDUC 466 Fostering Geometric Reasoning
5 STMATH / B EDUC 467 Fostering Data, Graphical and Statistical Understanding
(not currently offered)
1-5 STMATH 493 Special Topics in Mathematics
1-5 STMATH 498 Independent Study
1-5 STMATH 499 Undergraduate Research

† One of STMATH 381 or STMATH 405 must be counted as a core requirement.
‡ No more than five credits of STMATH 498 or STMATH 499 may count toward math elective credits. Students must opt for a numerical grade to count the course as a math elective.
♦ STMATH 392 may only count for elective credit if a student has also taken one of STMATH 341 or 390.

Supporting science course requirements

Supporting requirements (16 credits)
Credits Course
5 BPHYS 121 Mechanics
5 BPHYS 122 Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion
6 CSS 132/CSSSKL 132 Computer Programming for Engineers I (with skills class)
or
CSS 142/CSSKL142 Computer Programming I (with skills class)
or
CSS 161/CSSSKL 161 Fundamentals of Computing (with skills class) (no longer offered)

Additional courses

As needed to fulfill University General Education Requirements and to equal 180 credits.
 

Minor in Mathematics

Prerequisites (15 credits)

Subject to the same average grade requirements as for the BS degree.

Prerequisites (15 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 124 Calculus I
5 STMATH 125 Calculus II
5 STMATH 126 Calculus III

Core Requirement (5 credits)

Core requirement (5 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 300 Foundations of Modern Mathematics

Math Minor Electives (20 credits)

Complete 4 additional STMATH courses at the 300 or 400 level. This includes courses listed under Mathematics Core Requirements and all Mathematics Electives in the above tables.

A minimum grade of 2.0 in STMATH 300 and the four Electives being counted towards the minor is required.

Minor in Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science uses mathematical methods to define, analyze, and solve business and social problems. Actuaries are needed in any field that must weigh the financial consequences of risk, and are often employed by insurance companies, banks, consulting firms, investment firms, hospitals, and governments.

The minor in Actuarial Science will help prepare students to pass several of the preliminary actuarial exams: SOA Exam P / CAS Exam 1 – Probability, SOA Exam FM / CAS Exam 2 – Financial Mathematics, and SOA Exam IFM / CAS Exam 3F – Financial Economics.

Prerequisites (20 credits)

Students must earn an average grade of 2.7 in the following four prerequisite courses is required, with no grade below a 2.5 in any individual course.

Prerequisites (20 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 124 Calculus I
5 STMATH 125 Calculus II
5 STMATH 125 Calculus III
5 B BUS 220 Introduction to Microeconomics

Core Requirement (25 credits)

Core Requirement (25 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 324 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisite: STMATH 126
5 STMATH 330 Financial Mathematics
Prerequisites: STMATH 125 and B BUS 220
5 STMATH 392 Probability
Prerequisite: STMATH 324
5 B BECN 302 Intermediate Microeconomics
Prerequisites: B BUS 220, STMATH 324
5 B BECN 460 Financial Economics
Prerequisites: B BECN 302, STMATH 330, STMATH 392

Students must earn an average grade of 2.7 in the five core requirement classes. At least three of the core requirement classes must not be already counted towards a student’s major; specifically, only one of STMATH 330 and STMATH 392 can count as an elective towards the Mathematics major for students also interested in obtaining a minor in Actuarial Science.

Students who have completed the minor prerequisites can complete the minor in one year as follows:

  • Autumn Quarter: STMATH 324 and STMATH 330
  • Winter Quarter: STMATH 392 and B BECN 302
  • Spring Quarter: B BECN 460