Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Mathematics, BA

College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Millicent Thomas
CIP Code 27.0101

The major in Mathematics emphasizes the understanding of mathematical reasoning and process as foundational for developing the ability to do calculations and to apply logical, analytic, and technological skills in problems solving. Major courses cover a broad set of mathematical fields and enable the student to master and apply the basic principles of mathematics to multiple situations. It provides experiences with a variety of technological tools such as computer algebra system calculators, visualization software like MATLAB, and statistical packages such as SPSS. The learning goals of helping students to gain broad mathematical understanding , the ability to engage in rigorous calculation, and the capability to express and explain mathematical solutions to problems prepare students for graduate work and for careers in science, business, social sciences, teaching at the secondary level, and other careers that require applied mathematics.

The mathematics curriculum is consistent with the Curriculum Guide 2015 of the Mathematical Association of America. (


Graduates with a degree in Mathematics will be able to:

  1. Apply the laws of logic in mathematical statements.
  2. Communicate mathematical approaches and results effectively.
  3. Demonstrate analytical skills to formulate solutions to mathematical problems.
  4. Develop knowledge of current technology necessary for quantitative analysis.
  5. Integrate Christian faith and mathematics learning.

Entrance to the Major

Entry to the Mathematics major requires a minimum of two years of high school algebra with a grade of B or above, and a SAT Math score of 500 or ACT math score of 22. Students who meet these entry requirements and choose to major in Mathematics should declare the major in Self-Service during the first semester of their academic program. The sequential nature of the requirements dictate that a student interested pursuing either the Mathematics Major or the Education Math Endorsement should begin taking the foundational courses in the first semester and work with a mathematics department advisor for timely progress.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

General Electives: 15

Any college-level courses

Total: 125 Semester Credits