Department of Mathematics

Mathematics is a large discipline which has applications to all academic subjects. The mathematics department at UNO teaches classes in actuarial mathematics, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics. To earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a student must satisfy all requirements of the University and of the College of Sciences , as well as those of the Program described below. In addition, a grade of C or better must be earned in each mathematics and science course (including engineering classes taken as science electives) taken for degree credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Science
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Graduating mathematics majors will be able to:

  1. Analyze and solve basic problems requiring analytical skills.
  2. Analyze and solve fundamental problems requiring abstract analytical skills.
  3. Apply mathematical knowledge to other areas of science and engineering.
  4. Analyze and solve basic problems requiring statistical knowledge.
  5. Communicate knowledge through written work.
  6. Communicate knowledge through oral work.

Degree Requirements

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (No concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  Foreign Language Sequence8  6
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Literature  3
Mathematics    Social Sciences  
Calculus Sequence MATH 2114, 21242,7 8  Social Sciences elective3  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 3  Arts elective4 3
Physics 1061 and 1062 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Computer science 1205 or (1581 and 1583) 3-4  Science Electives5 11-12
Physics 1063, 1065 2  General Electives 25
    Total 446
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Mathematics 2134  4  Mathematics 4511  3
Mathematics 2221 or 2314  3  Mathematics 3000+  6
Mathematics 3511  3  Mathematics 4000+  9
Mathematics 3512  3  Mathematics 3900  0
Mathematics 41019  3  Mathematics 3721  3
    Total 37
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
                                                                                                    120
Additional Requirement
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1. "C" or better required
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the general education requirements
  3. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  4. FTA (theatre/dance/film related course), FA or MUS
  5. At least 6 of these credits must not be mathematics courses in the College of Sciences. 6 credits can be engineering courses. 1 less credit is required if the student took CSCI 1581 and CSCI 1583 (rather than CSCI 1205.) The College of Sciences maintains a list of approved science electives. Note that many low level classes are not permitted.
  6. Includes 2 credits of Math listed in general education requirements section
  7. Students not adequately prepared to enter a calculus sequence must take appropriate pre-calculus courses without credit toward graduation. The mathematics department determines placement for mathematics classes.
  8. Foreign language must include a six hour sequence in one language. French, German, or Russian is recommended for students planning graduate studies.
  9. Students interested in graduate studies in mathematics are strongly advised to take Math 4102.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (No concentration)

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 2114  4  MATH 2124  4
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
Social Science Elective  3  Social Science Elective  3
UNIV 10011  1  Free Elective  3
Total Hours  14 Total Hours 16
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CSCI 1581+1583 OR 1205  3-4  MATH 2221 OR 2314  3
ENGL Literature  3  MATH 3511  3
MATH 2134  4  PHYS 1062  3
PHYS 1061  3  PHYS 1065  1
PHYS 1063  1  BIOS  3
ARTS  3  Free Elective  3
Total Hours  17-18 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MATH 3721  3  MATH 4511  3
MATH 3000+  3  MATH 3000+  3
Science Elective  3  Science Elective  3
Science Elective  3  Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MATH 3512  3  MATH 4000+  3
MATH 4101  3  MATH 4000+  3
Science Elective  2-3  MATH 4000+  3
Free Elective  3  MATH 3900  0
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  2
Total Hours  14-15 Total Hours 11
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Mathematics

An undergraduate minor in mathematics may be obtained by completing at least 18 credit hours of mathematics courses at the 2000-level or higher with a grade of C or better in each course. Nine of the hours shall be at or above the 3000 level. At least nine credit hours must be taken at UNO.

Minor in Actuarial Mathematics

An undergraduate minor in actuarial mathematics may be obtained by completing at least 18 credit hours in mathematics including Mathematics 2314, 4801, 4802 and 4803, with a grade of C or better in each course. At least nine credit hours must be taken at UNO.

Degree Requirements

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Actuarial Science Concentration)

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  Foreign Language Sequence8  6
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  Literature  3
Mathematics    Social Sciences  
Calculus Sequence MATH 2114, 21242,7 8  Social Sciences elective3  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 3  Arts elective4 3
Physics 1061 and 1062 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Computer science 1205 or (1581 and 1583) 3-4  Science Electives5 11-12
Physics 1063, 1065 2  General Electives 22
    Total 416
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Mathematics 2134  4  Mathematics 3000+  6
Mathematics 2314  3  Mathematics 3721  3
Mathematics 2221  3  Mathematics 3900  0
Mathematics 3511  3  Mathematics 41019  3
Mathematics 3512  3    
    Total 28
Course Requirements for Actuarial Science Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Mathematics 4311  3  Mathematics 4802  3
Mathematics 4801  3  Mathematics 4803  3
    Total 12
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1. "C" or better required
  2. 6 credits of Math satisfy the general education requirements
  3. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  4. FTA (theatre/dance/film related course), FA or MUS
  5. At least 6 of these credits must not be mathematics courses in the College of Sciences. 6 credits can be engineering courses. 1 less credit is required if the student took CSCI 1581 and CSCI 1583 (rather than CSCI 1205.) The College of Sciences maintains a list of approved science electives. Note that many low level classes are not permitted.
  6. Includes 2 credits of Math listed in general education requirements section
  7. Students not adequately prepared to enter a calculus sequence must take appropriate pre-calculus courses without credit toward graduation. The mathematics department determines placement for mathematics classes.
  8. Foreign language must include a six hour sequence in one language. French, German, or Russian is recommended for students planning graduate studies.
  9. Students interested in graduate studies in mathematics are strongly advised to take Math 4102.

Honors in Mathematics

An honors program is available to mathematics majors. Successful completion of the program will result in graduation with Honors in Mathematics. To be eligible for admission to the program a student must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.5 grade point average in mathematics (including a grade point average of 3.5 in mathematics courses numbered 2000 or above). To remain in the program the student must maintain these averages. Before graduation, the student must complete Mathematics 4411 and six credit hours of Mathematics 3099, including an oral defense of the honors thesis to a committee composed of the faculty thesis director, another faculty member chosen by the departmental chairman, and a representative of the Honors program.