College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

B.A., B.S., M.A.T., M.S., Ph.D. Degrees; Minor

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 120 credits

The number of new fields in which professional mathematicians find employment grows continually. This department prepares students for careers in industry, government and education.

In addition to the major programs, the department provides a number of service courses in support of other programs within the university. Current and detailed information on mathematics degrees and course offerings is available from the department.

The department maintains a math lab which is available for assistance to all students studying mathematics at the baccalaureate level.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also offers programs in statistics (see separate listings).

Major — B.A. or B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the following pre-major requirement:
    1. Students must be ready to matriculate into MATH F200X before they will be allowed to declare mathematics as their major.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete the B.A. degree requirements or B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete PHYS F103X and PHYS F104X, or PHYS F211X and PHYS F212X.)
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    MATH F200X—Calculus I**—4 credits
    MATH F201X—Calculus II**—4 credits
    MATH F202X—Calculus III—4 credits
    MATH F215—Introduction to Mathematical Proofs—2 credits
    MATH F314—Linear Algebra—3 credits
    MATH F401W—Introduction to Real Analysis—3 credits
    MATH F405W—Abstract Algebra—3 credits
    MATH F490O—Senior Seminar—1 credit
  5. Complete 21 additional credits of electives.* Acceptable elective courses include any MATH course at the F300-level or above, any STAT course at the F300-level or above, and CS F201. At least 15 credits must be MATH courses. [For exceptions see below.***] The following are some suggested elective packages:
    1. Pure math electives:
      MATH F305—Geometry—3 credits
      MATH F307—Discrete Mathematics—3 credits
      MATH F402—Intermediate Real Analysis—3 credits
      MATH F404—Topology—3 credits
      Additional elective credits—9 credits
    2. Applied math electives:
      MATH F302—Differential Equations—3 credits
      MATH F421—Applied Analysis—4 credits
      MATH F422—Introduction to Complex Analysis—3 credits
      MATH F460—Mathematical Modeling—3 credits
      Complete two of the following:
      MATH F307—Discrete Mathematics—3 credits
      MATH F310—Numerical Analysis—3 credits
      MATH F402—Intermediate Real Analysis—3 credits
      STAT F300—Statistics—3 credits
      Additional elective credits—3 credits
    3. Requirements for mathematics teachers (grades 7 – 12):****
      CS F201—Computer Science I—3 credits
      MATH F305—Geometry—3 credits
      MATH F306—Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Mathematics—3 credits
      STAT F300—Statistics (3) or MATH F371—Probability and MATH F408—Mathematical Statistics (6)—3 – 6 credits
      Two courses chosen from:
      MATH F302—Differential Equations (3)
      MATH F307—Discrete Mathematics (3)
      MATH F310—Numerical Analysis (3)
      MATH F460—Mathematical modeling (3)—6 credits
      Additional elective credits—3 credits
    4. Statistics concentration electives:
      MATH F371—Probability—3 credits
      MATH F408—Mathematical Statistics—3 credits
      MATH F460—Mathematical Modeling—3 credits
      STAT F300—Statistics—3 credits
      STAT F401—Regression and Analysis of Variance—4 credits
      Additional elective credits—6 credits
  6. Minimum credits required—120 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

** Satisfies core or B.A. or B.S. degree requirements.

*** In some cases, courses with strong mathematical content from other disciplines may be used as electives. Such an elective package must be approved by an advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The requirement that at least 15 credits be math courses still applies.

**** We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admission to the UAF School of Education's post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year.

Note: All mathematics majors — including double majors — must have an advisor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Note: In addition to meeting all the general requirements for the specific degree, certain mathematics courses are required of all mathematics majors. (At least 12 approved mathematics credits at the F300-level or above must be taken while in residence on the Fairbanks campus.) All electives must be approved by the department.


  1. Complete the following:
    Math F200X—Calculus I—4 credits
    Math F201X—Calculus II—4 credits
    Math F202X—Calculus III—4 credits
    At least 9 additional credits from MATH F215, STAT F300, any F300- or F400-level MATH course; or electives approved by a mathematics advisor—9 credits
  2. Minimum credits required—21 credits

Note: Courses completed to satisfy this minor can be used to simultaneously satisfy other major or general distribution requirements.

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