Mathematics

Are you interested in teaching mathematics at middle school or high school level? Or interested in working at a company as an actuary, or perhaps considering going to graduate school in the future? Join the mathematics program at Aurora University, with its friendly people, fun environment and supportive faculty.

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Secondary Licensure leads to Illinois State Board of Education certification to teach mathematics for grade 6 to 12. The program offers practicum opportunities for teacher candidates to work in a school and experience helping students first hand.

The general Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, often combined with a minor in business or computer science, will prepare graduates to work for banks, insurance companies and various other industries. A math undergraduate degree is also becoming increasingly popular as a stepping-stone to graduate study in a wide range of disciplines from business administration to oceanography. Several of our graduates are currently teaching in a number of middle and high schools around the region. Many others are pursuing graduate degrees in business, actuarial science or mathematics.

Program Overview

To earn an undergraduate degree in mathematics, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and major courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics includes:

  • A minimum of 44 semester hours, including 28 semester hours of required courses, 12 semester hours of selected electives and a 4 semester hour required computer programming course
  • Students may personalize the major with a 12-credit-hour emphasis in:
    • Pure Mathematics: For students wishing to pursue graduate studies
    • Applied Mathematics: For students wishing to pursue careers in business and industry or applied graduate degrees
    • Statistics: For students wishing to pursue careers in quantitative analysis or a graduate degree in statistics

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Secondary Education Licensure includes:

  • A minimum of 44 semester hours, including 40 semester hours of required courses and four semester hours of electives
  • Students will complete the requirements for the secondary education supplemental major as well.

Required Core: 40 semester hours

  • MTH2210 Calculus I (4)
  • MTH2220 Calculus II (4)
  • MTH2230 Calculus III (4)
  • MTH3240 Probability and Statistics I (4)
  • MTH3250 Linear Algebra (4)
  • MTH3270 Discrete Mathematics (4)
  • MTH3320 Modern Geometry (4)
  • MTH3820 Methods for Teaching Secondary Mathematics (4)
  • MTH4260 Number Theory (4)
  • MTH4450 Abstract Algebra (4)

Required Course: 4 semester hours

  • CSC1700 Introduction to Computer Programming (4)

Note: Refer to the Secondary Education section of the course catalog for EDU requirements. 

The minor in mathematics includes:

  • 20 semester hours, including 12 semester hours of required courses and 8 semester hours of selected electives