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Mathematical Sciences Department

Major in Mathematics

Mathematics is the language of problem solving. It is at the heart of all science and technology (applied mathematics) but it is also a beautiful logic all of its own (pure mathematics).

  1. Do I find solving a math problem challenging and rewarding?
  2. Am I able to succeed in math courses without too much of a struggle?

Then a major or minor in mathematics may be right for you.

Mathematics is the common theme among most of the top-paying careers.

Major Requirements

The following 48 SH program of courses is required: 
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  • MATH 170 Discrete Mathematics (4)
  • MATH 185 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 195 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 240 Statistics for the Natural Sciences (3)
  • MATH 285 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 350 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 450 Introduction to Analysis OR
    MATH 460 Abstract Algebra (3)
  • PHYS 251 University Physics I (4)
  • CS courses (6)

Choose four of the following additional courses:

  • MATH 333 Topics in Math (3)
  • MATH 310 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 360 Geometry (3)
  • MATH 420 History of Math (3)
  • MATH 450 Introduction to Analysis (3)
  • MATH 460 Abstract Algebra (3)
  • MATH 470 Mathematical Probability (3)


  • Prospective students may be eligible for the  EMU STEM Scholars Engaging in Local Problems (SSELP) grant, up to $10,000. Learn more about departmental scholarships.
  • EMU has offered close to $1 million in academic merit scholarships collectively to students with outstanding academic achievement. 
  • Academic scholarships range from $12,000 to $20,000 per year and are renewable for four years depending on academic performance.
  • EMU students are eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Need-Based Grants as well as student loans.
  • Virginia students may be eligible for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).
  • Learn more by contacting  EMU's Financial Assistance Office or checking out our cost of attendance calculator.