Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mathematics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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


Rock Studies Requirements45
Basic Math Requirement0-3
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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

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
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
Total Hours12

Computer Programming Language

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

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

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

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
PHIL 113 Formal Logic 3
General Education Elective 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
MATH 131 Discrete Mathematics 3
PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab 4
CPSC 146 Programming Principles 3
Second Year
MATH 231 Calculus III 4
STAT 352 Mathematical Statistics I 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
MATH 235 Foundations of Mathematical Proof 3
MATH 301 Differential Equations I 3
200/300 level MATH/STAT elective 3
General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Third Year
MATH 313 Introductory Analysis I 3
MATH 309 Linear Algebra 3
General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Elective 3
MATH 325 Abstract Algebra I 3
300 level MATH elective 3
General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
300 level MATH elective 3
300 level MATH elective 3
General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3
Elective 3
300 level MATH elective 3
MATH 491 Mathematics Seminar 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**118

Major Code: 6152
Revised date: 9-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.