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Mathematics: Life Sciences Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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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

Website: http://math.arizona.edu/ugprogram/
Math Required:

Substantial

    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.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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
Calculus I 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
General Elective 1
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
Supporting Computer Science 3
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
3rd Semester
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
MATH 313 Intro to Linear Algebra 3
Supporting Laboratory Science 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MATH 323 Formal Math Reasong + Wrtg 3
MATH 355 Anls Ord Diff Equations 3
Supporting Laboratory Science 4
Tier I General Education 3
General Elective 3
5th Semester
MATH 422 Advanced Applied Analysis 3
Minor course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Mathematics Application Course 3
General Elective 3
6th Semester
Life Sciences Emphasis Elective 1 3
Minor course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Mathematics Application Course 3
General Elective 3
7th Semester
MATH 464 Theory of Probability 3
Minor course 3
Minor course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
8th Semester
MATH 485 Mathematical Modeling 3
Life Sciences Emphasis Elective 2 3
Minor course 3
Minor course 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 aztransfer.com

  • 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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