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Mathematics: General

Bachelor of Arts

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Understanding our physical world requires an understanding of mathematics. Not only a tool for engineers and physical scientists, a thorough understanding of math and its applications is critical in business, economics, and even the social sciences. Mathematics forms a foundation for all technical disciplines; a major in math prepares students for careers or graduate study in many subjects. The department offers courses in pure and applied math, probability and statistics, computational math, engineering math, and math education. A math major, paired with a carefully chosen minor, is excellent preparation for a variety of career paths. Few jobs actually call for a mathematician; jobs are more likely to have titles such as analyst or engineer.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition I 3
First Semester of Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calc II 3
CSC 127A Intro to Computer Science or ISTA 130 Computational thinking and doing (in Python!) 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition II 3
Second Semester of Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 215 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 223 Vector Calc 4
Third Semester of Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MATH 323 3
MATH 355 3
Fourth Semester of Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MATH 422 Advanced Applied Analysis 3
MATH 454 Ordinary Differential Equations and Stability Theory or 464 Theory of Probability or 475A Mathematical Principles of Numerical Analysis 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
MATH 456 Applied Partial Differential Equationsor 466 Theory of Statistics or 475B Mathematical Principles of Numerical Analysis 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Math 400-499 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
MATH 485 Mathematical Modeling 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics of computer skills, linear algebra, calculus, mathematical reasoning and writing, and differential equations, as well as the BA fourth semester language requirement, provides a strong career foundation. BA graduates of the General/Applied Mathematics concentration acquire familiarity with applied analysis, modeling, probability and statistics, and numerical analysis, in addition to minoring in a subject of interest. This concentration is excellent preparation for work in business, government, research, education, or for graduate studies in mathematics or biostatistics. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Applied mathematics
  • Education
  • Research
  • Business
  • Defense/Intelligence
  • Economic analysis

Sample Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Schools
  • Research institutes
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Government agencies
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Mathematics Teacher, Secondary $37,230 - $55,360
Economic Consultant $48,300 - $63,450
Statistical Assistant $30,000 - $60,000
Mathematical Technician, Engineering $24,700 - $37,400
Operations Research Analyst $38,760 - $108,290
Cost Estimator $34,280 - $59,460
Mathematician $32,000 - $132,000
Information Scientist $53,590 - $93,950