Are you interested in a liberal arts degree in mathematics? Do you want to get an edge in tomorrow's job market by developing your quantitative skills?

In high school, mathematics courses usually emphasize computational techniques-factoring polynomials, solving equations, and the like. At the university level, there is a much greater emphasis on ideas, and proof plays a greater role. Calculations still matter but it no longer suffices to "get the right answer" by applying a recipe in mechanical fashion. At heart, mathematics concerns the search for underlying patterns and the precise communication of meaning.

ECU's BA in mathematics is a program with a broad foundation in the liberal arts, with a core in the essential undergraduate level mathematics. The program prepares you for a variety of career options where you can leverage your quantitative skills combined with the best liberal arts background provided at ECU. The program requires four courses in a foreign language of your choice, along with the standard foundation curriculum required of all ECU students.

ECU Advantage

Our upper division courses are taught in small classes by faculty who hold doctoral degrees from top universities. They are experts in a wide range of mathematical specialties, both pure and applied, who engage in research and publication. They are also dedicated teachers who will get to know you and meet with you outside of the classroom.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinators:

Credit toward a mathematics major will not be given in any MATH course with a grade less than C- (1.7). The degree offers two concentration areas: mathematics and statistics. The mathematics concentration requires a minor and the statistics concentration requires specified cognates in lieu of a minor.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Common core - 30 s.h.
      • MATH 2171 - Calculus I
      • MATH 2172 - Calculus II
      • MATH 2173 - Calculus III
      • MATH 2300 - Transition to Advanced Mathematics
      • MATH 3256 - Linear Algebra
      • MATH 3263 - Introduction to Modern Algebra
      • MATH 3307 - Mathematical Statistics I
      • MATH 4101 - Advanced Calculus I
      • MATH 4331 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
      4. Cognate - 4 s.h.
      • CSCI 1010 - Algorithmic Problem Solving
      • CSCI 1011 - Algorithmic Problem Solving Lab
      5. Concentration area to include minor or specified cognates - 24-36 s.h.

      (Choose one area.)

        Mathematics - 24-36 s.h.
          Minor - 18-30 s.h.
            Electives - 6 s.h.

            Choose MATH electives numbered above 2999.


              MATH 3229, MATH 3237, MATH 3239 may not count toward mathematics electives.

            Statistics - 27 s.h.
              Cognates -18 s.h.
              • MATH 3308 - Mathematical Statistics II
              • MATH 4005 - Introduction to Sampling and Experimental Design
              • MATH 4031 - Applied Statistical Analysis
              • MATH 4201 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes
              • MATH 4774 - Programming for Research
              • MATH 4801 - Probability Theory
              Electives - 9 s.h.

               Excluding the cognates above, choose 9 s.h. of electives from the following:

              • ECON 4443 - Econometrics
              • OMGT 4493 - Quality Management
              • MATH courses numbered above 2999
              • Note:

                MATH 3229, MATH 3237, MATH 3239 may not count toward statistics electives.

            6. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

              Careers With This Degree

              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

              • Mathematics, General
              • Mathematics, General
              • Education and Training
              • Scientific and Technical Services
              • Natural Sciences Managers
              • Mathematicians
              • Statisticians
              • Mathematical Scientist Occupations
              • Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondardy

              Career Opportunities

              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

              NC Tower

              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

              • Self-employed;
              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
              • Work outside of North Carolina.

              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

              Degree-specific internships

              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.