Have you always liked mathematics? Are you looking for a program that will help you develop an edge in the quantitative skills required in tomorrow's job market?

The BS in mathematics is a concentrated program that prepares you for a variety of career options in mathematics and related fields. The students choose one concentration area from: mathematics, sciences, statistics, and computer science to enhance their skills. Concentrating in the sciences is a favored option for the premeds in our program. Concentrations in mathematics or statistics are preferred by our students who go on to graduate school in mathematics or related fields like economics.

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.

The science of mathematics differs from empirical sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Theories in these fields are supported by bodies of observation and remain true until invalidated or refined by new information. Mathematical theories are supported by deductive proof and remain true forever. For example, the geometry of the ancient Greeks is still valid and useful even though Euclid wrote his famous Elements more than two thousand years ago.

ECU Advantage

Our upper division courses contain fewer than 15 students per class, on an average, and our faculty provides individual attention to students. We have a wide selection of electives, allowing students to tailor their program and explore careers in many areas of mathematics, including the actuarial sciences. Many career paths are available to the mathematics major. Most of these require some knowledge of other areas as well as good communication and computer skills. Students can take advantage of the breadth of opportunities at ECU by pursing a degree in mathematics with a second major, minor, or significant course work in business, computer science, economics, or education.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinators:

Credit toward the degree will not be given in any MATH course with a grade less than C- (1.7). 

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. Common mathematics core - 37 s.h.
    • CSCI 1010 - Algorithmic Problem Solving
    • CSCI 1011 - Algorithmic Problem Solving Lab
    • 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 3308 - Mathematical Statistics II
    • MATH 4101 - Advanced Calculus I
    • MATH 4331 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
    3. Concentrations - 13-33 s.h.

    (Choose one.)

      Computer science concentration - 13 s.h.
      • CSCI 2410 - Digital Electronics or
      • EENG 2410 - Digital Electronics
      • or
      • CSCI 3675 - Organization of Programming Language
      • or
      • MATH 4110 - Elementary Complex Variables

      • CSCI 2530 - Algorithms and Data Structures
      • CSCI 2540 - Data Abstraction and Object-Oriented Data Structures
      • CSCI 3650 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms
      Mathematics concentration - 21-33 s.h.
      • MATH 4110 - Elementary Complex Variables
      • Minor (18-30 s.h.)
      Science concentration - 27-28 s.h.
      • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
      • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
      • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
      • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
      • MATH 4110 - Elementary Complex Variables
      • PHYS 2350 - University Physics I
      • PHYS 2360 - University Physics II
      • Choose one of the following:
        • BIOL 1100 - Principles of Biology I
        • BIOL 1101 - Principles of Biology Laboratory I
        • and
        • BIOL 1200 - Principles of Biology II
        • BIOL 1201 - Principles of Biology Laboratory II
        • A combination of any 3 courses numbered above 1999 in Chemistry or numbered above 3999 in Physics.
      Statistics concentration - 18 s.h.
      • MATH 4005 - Introduction to Sampling and Experimental Design
      • MATH 4031 - Applied Statistical Analysis
      • space
      • MATH 4100 - Mathematics of Risk Analysis or
      • MATH 4300 - Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
      • space
      • MATH 4201 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes
      • MATH 4774 - Programming for Research
      • MATH 4801 - Probability Theory
    4. Restricted electives - 3-15 s.h.

    (According to concentration area)

      Computer science concentration - 15 s.h.
        Choose a 3 s.h. MATH course numbered above 2999.
          Choose 12 s.h. from:
          • CSCI electives numbered above 1999
          • CSCI 2530 - Algorithms and Data Structures
          • CSCI 2540 - Data Abstraction and Object-Oriented Data Structures
          • CSCI 3584 - Computational Linear Algebra
          • CSCI 3650 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms
        Mathematics concentration - 9 s.h.

        (Choose 9 s.h. of MATH courses numbered above 2999.)

          Science concentration - 3 s.h.

          (Choose a 3 s.h. MATH course numbered above 2999.)

            Statistics concentration - 12 s.h.
              Choose 12 s.h. electives from:
              • ECON 4443 - Econometrics
              • OMGT 4493 - Quality Management
              • MATH courses numbered above 2999
          5. 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.