Mathematics, BA

A Degree That Adds Up

Mathematics majors can head in many different directions, because they've learned how to think and reason. Employers appreciate that, and graduate programs will accept mathematics majors into almost any program of study. Our mathematics majors have gone off to graduate school or jobs in computer science, finance, actuarial science, law school, economics, political science, or city planning. Yes, some have even continued in graduate school with mathematics or statistics!

Mathematics for non-majors: Mathematics Minor

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Opportunities for Mathematics Majors
There are various mathematics scholarships offered by the Department available to current Mathematics majors. Most of these scholarships are available to all students, including international students.
Our graduates in Mathematics are well prepared for the next step in their academic and/or professional lives. Students continue on to graduate school, industry positions, teaching positions, and professional programs.
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Mathematics, BA Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

View General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:

  • Foreign Language 101-102 8 semester hours
  • Foreign Language 201-202 6 semester hours

To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.

Major Courses

(grade of C or better required)

  • MA 181 - Calculus I
  • MA 182 - Calculus II
  • MA 283 - Calculus III
  • MA 284 - Calculus IV
  • MA 301 - Concepts of Abstract Mathematics
  • MA 304 - Modern Algebra
  • MA 305 - Linear Algebra
  • MA 306 - Differential Equations
  • MA 310 - Probability

Select one MA elective number above 300: (3 Semester Hours) excluding MA 318 and MA 319

Select one of the following: (3 Semester Hours)

  • MA 303 - Modern Geometry
  • MA 454 - Foundations of Mathematics

Select one of the following: (3 Semester Hours)

  • MA 455 - Advanced Calculus I
  • MA 461 - General Topology

Select one of the following:

  • SM 125 - Fortran
  • SM 135 - Programming in C++

Additional Requirements:

2.0 Major GPA required

2.0 Departmental GPA required

Comprehensive Exit Exam

Exit Questionnaire


For mathematics majors, after the successful completion of Calculus I (MA 181), no mathematics courses below MA 114 can be applied toward graduation.

Total Hours Required for a BA in Mathematics: 124 Semester Hours