Mathematics (BA)


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The University offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in mathematics.

The Mathematics BA major requires fewer credits than the Mathematics BS major to more easily accommodate students seeking a second major or a minor. The BA differs from the BS in that Calculus III is not required and the range of elective choices is greater.

The BA Mathematics Program provides students with a thorough and strong knowledge of basic theoretical mathematics, and initial training in applied areas such as statistics, analysis, combinatorics, and actuarial science. Relatively modest class sizes give students the chance to work one-on-one with our highly talented and dedicated faculty. At the same time students have opportunities for field and research experiences.

Opportunities are available for undergraduate research in mathematics, and students are encouraged to seek internships, available at companies throughout the Midwest, to add hands-on experience to their coursework. In addition, students from the department provide help in mathematics to area students in local community center settings.

Mathematics majors benefit from the department’s state-of-the-art computer classrooms and laboratories, including a Unix/Linux microcomputer laboratory, that are available for student use. Many mathematics majors are able to obtain tutoring positions in the Math Lab.

Students majoring in mathematics can join and participate in the student chapter of the honorary mathematics fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon. With more than 100 highly accessible student organizations on campus, each student's experience at Indiana State University abounds with student leadership opportunities that complement their studies.

Required Courses


Graduates are prepared for fascinating jobs in industry and the service sector where analytical thinking skills are essential or for high-paying jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, or cryptography.

Major employers of mathematicians include the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and other agencies in federal and state governments, and private-sector employers such as the airline industry, computer industry, pharmaceutical industry, research and testing services, educational services, security and commodity exchanges, management and public relations services, finance, insurance, and public utilities. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering.

Students also may choose to go on to graduate school, leading to a research career in mathematics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, and related fields.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards a number of scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University