Curriculum Overview

The College is the largest academic unit at UIS, enrolling 55 percent of all students in its majors.  The College is committed to curricular interdisciplinary, experiential learning, experimentation, and a concern for student-centered learning that includes the use of technologies that aid collaboration and extend the concept of “community” beyond local and regional boundaries.  The foundation for this environment is a well-rounded curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and physical and natural sciences, including mathematics and computer science.  Students learn professional skills, but also the blend of critical thinking, scientific logic, and appreciation of the humanities that is so important in the development of personal enrichment.

There are two options for studying mathematics at UIS: on campus or online.

The Bachelor’s Degree

The B.A. in Mathematical Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers using mathematics, operations research, and statistics in the fields of teaching, research, industry, insurance, and management or for graduate study in mathematical sciences or related areas.

Mathematical Sciences Minor

To earn a minor in Mathematical Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours, at least 12 hours of which must be upper-division course work taken at UIS. Transfer credit for lower-division course work and for upper-division mathematics courses is evaluated on a case-by-case basis through a Student Petition. Upon completing the core course requirements, students must then select an area of specialization (mathematics, operations research, or statistics) and complete 12 semester hours as detailed below.


Students should consult with academic advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

Mathematics Placement

All mathematics courses have prerequisites to assure appropriate placement. Students may meet prerequisites by taking the prerequisite courses. For mathematics courses at or below 100-level, students may meet prerequisites by having an appropriate standardized test score (ACT Math Score or SAT Math Score) or by earning an appropriate score on the placement test (ACCUPLACER Math test).  Details can be found at the website of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Enrollment Capacity

The Mathematical Science Department will accept new students each fall and spring semester. For best consideration, students should submit application materials as early as possible prior to the semester in which they would like to attend. Contact the online coordinator for specific information.