BA and BS in Mathematics 
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The Department of Mathematics offers a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Mathematics for undergraduate students. Students may participate in several curricular alternatives:
Degree RequirementsStudents must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and CLAS Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. For more information, see the following links to the Undergraduate Bulletin:
Transfer students majoring in mathematics should note two special requirements of the Department of Mathematics. A minimum of 15 credits above the 5000 level must be taken at Wayne State University, and transfer credits for courses that count toward the department’s requirements must carry a grade of ‘C’ or better. Bachelor of Arts: Each student must complete one of options A, B, C, D, or E as described below. Bachelor of Science: Each student must complete:
The Department recommends that the Group Requirement in Foreign Language be satisfied by French, German, or Russian. Grade Point Average: The cumulative grade point average in mathematics (MAT) courses required for completion of a major option must be at least 2.0 (‘A’ = 4.0). Honors Program: In order to graduate with honors in mathematics, students must satisfy the following:
For information about honorsdesignated coursework available each semester, including the required 4000level Honors seminar, visit the Honors College.
Major Options
Option A: Prospective Graduate StudyThis option is recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in mathematics.
Option B: General MathematicsThis option is for students interested in a broad range of topics.
Option C: Secondary TeachingThis option is recommended for students in the Combined Curriculum for Secondary Teaching (CCST). Under the CCST, it is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics concurrently with a secondary teaching certificate. Students in CCST may satisfy the mathematics part of their degree requirements by any of the degree options, though Option C is specifically designed and recommended for future teachers. MAT 2860, MAT 5000, and MAT 6140 are recommended but not required that CCST students who do not choose Option C. Applications for this program are handled by the College of Education.
Option D: Computer ScienceOption is available only to students who complete a second major or a minor in computer science. Under this option, students can take certain courses that satisfy both mathematics and computer science requirements simultaneously. Specifically, MAT 5100 can be used as a computer science elective, and one of CSC 5860, 5870, 6500, 6620, or 6991 (depending on the topic) can be used as a mathematics elective. Students should consult with the Department of Computer Science for their major and minor requirements.
Option E: Actuarial Science (no longer accepting new students, please see the BA in Actuarial Mathematics page)Students embarking on a career as an actuary will be expected to pass certain exams administered by that profession. Option E provides the course work covered by the first few of these exams: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Analysis, and Operations Research.

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