Undergraduate Program Requirements
The mathematics department offers degrees in two different majors: Mathematics and Statistics & Data Science (SDS). Our programs allow the student to choose a major and emphasis that best suit the individual's talents, interests, and career goals. A student may prepare for a variety of careers by selecting the appropriate degree, major, emphasis, and minor. Students choosing a mathematics or SDS major can take advantage of the full range of mathematical resources available on campus.
The University offers two different degrees in mathematics or SDS:
The University of Arizona Mathematics Department offers three different minors:
- Mathematics Minor [Requirements for 2015-2018 catalogs, Requirements for 2010-2014 catalogs, Requirements for 1997 - 2009 catalogs, Requirements for 1991-96 catalogs]
- Mathematics Teaching Minor [Requirements for 2015 - 2017 catalogs, Past Catalog Requirements]
- Statistics and Data Science (SDS) Minor [Requirements for 2018-2019 catalog]
Declare a minor in the mathematical sciences.
Each requires at least 18 units of coursework in the mathematical sciences (a minimum of 3 units must be taken at UA, and at least 6 units must come from specified upper-division offerings in the math department). Note that while the Mathematics and SDS Minors are available to everyone*, the Mathematics Teaching Minor is available only to secondary education teaching majors.
*Students majoring in mathematics may not declare the mathematics minor within the same degree program. It must be in a separate degree. The same applies to SDS majors and the SDS minor.
Students pursuing an SDS major or a mathematics major with either the Probability & Statistics or General/Applied emphasis may be interested in applying for the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Statistics.
Students who are accepted into the AMP will begin taking 500-level courses required in the Statistics M.S. degree during their final year of the undergraduate degree; these courses may also be applied to the undergraduate major requirements. After completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, one additional year of graduate work is needed to finish the Master's degree.
The Accelerated Master's Program requirements and admissions criteria are set by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics. Click the link above for more information about requirements, eligibility, and to submit questions to the Statistics program coordinator.
In choosing your combination of majors and minors, keep in mind the following restrictions on double-dipping within the Mathematics Department's programs:
- A double major or degree in mathematics and statistics & data science is possible, with the requirement that students complete at least 21 unique units in each major; because of the way the majors are stuctured, this means that students will take 7 unique upper-division courses in each major. If you anticipate overlapping courses, speak with your faculty advisor about making substitutions or changing your math major emphasis to avoid this.
- A major in mathematics with a minor in statistics & data science, or vice versa, is possible, with the requirement that students complete at least 6 unique upper-division units in the minor. A statistics and data science major may not use courses with probability or statistics in the title as upper-division coursework in the math minor.
- Double minors in mathematics and statistics are NOT permitted.
- For students with a major in the mathematics department, the minor requirement can only be filled by minors outside the department. For example, a statistics major with a mathematics minor would need a second minor to fulfill the requirement.