Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mathematics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU. All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that mathematicians must have. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students graduating with a degree in Mathematics will:
    • Use mathematics knowledge to solve theoretical and applied problems.
    • Apply rigorous deductive reasoning to prove mathematics results.
    • Use technology to perform and interpret mathematics analyses.
    • Communicate mathematics knowledge to both expert and non-technical audiences.
    • Demonstrate professional integrity and accountability in the use and communication of mathematics

Related Links

Mathematics, BS Program Page

Mathematics and Statistics Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60
Natural Science & Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits from the recommended courses below:9-10
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry I Lab 1
General Physics I with Lab 1
Formal Logic
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • 12 math credits must be taken at the 300-400 level at SRU
Mathematics Core Courses
MATH 131Discrete Mathematics 1,23
MATH 230Calculus II 1,24
MATH 235Foundations of Mathematical Proof 1,23
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
MATH 309Linear Algebra 13
MATH 313Introductory Analysis I 13
MATH 325Abstract Algebra I 13
STAT 352Mathematical Statistics I 13
MATH 491Mathematics Seminar 11
Required Electives
Choose five additional MATH/STAT courses 315
Mathematics Sequences
Two sequences are required - credits earned from these courses will be applied to above requirements.
Select two of the following sequences
One sequence must include MATH 313 & MATH 314 or MATH 325 & MATH 326
Differential Equations I
and Differential Equations II 1
Differential Equations I
and Partial Differential Equations 1
Deterministic Models of Operations Research
and Stochastic Models of Operations Research 1
Introductory Analysis I
and Introductory Analysis II 1
Abstract Algebra I
and Abstract Algebra II 1
Mathematical Statistics I
and Mathematical Statistics II 1
Approved Minors
Select at least one of the following minors: 415
Actuarial Science
Environmental Science
Public Health
Secondary School Mathematics
Total Hours60

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4

Computer Programming Language

Competency in an approved Computer Programming Language is Required - See Advisor Approval

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 11-2019
UCC 10.15.2019