All CNU graduates are required to fulfill the mathematical literacy component (six credit hours) of the liberal learning core curriculum. Any courses above MATH 110 (College Algebra) may be used to satisfy this requirement. Since some majors require specific mathematics courses, a student should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for the requirements of his/her major. Students who plan to take calculus but who are not ready to enroll in MATH 140 may choose between MATH 110 and 130 (Precalculus) to develop appropriate skills. Students who have had more advanced mathematics in high school or at another college should consult an advisor in the mathematics department to determine the appropriate mathematics level. Prospective students can determine if their AP, IB or Cambridge exam scores will earn CNU credit.
See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.
Because planning a long-term program for students intending to major or minor in mathematics is complex, particularly for those intending to teach mathematics in Virginia secondary schools, students are required to consult with a mathematics department advisor before registering for any courses.
All students planning to pursue either the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in mathematics must satisfy the liberal learning curriculum as well as general requirements for graduation. In addition, the mathematics department requires the courses shown below. Students may have no more than two grades below C- in courses applied toward the major. See the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for more details.
See information on the Major in Computational and Applied Mathematics
The Major in Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts
In addition to the successful completion of the liberal learning curriculum, students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics must successfully complete the following courses:
1. MATH 128 or 3 credits in CPSC numbered 125 or higher;
2. MATH 245, 250, 260, 360 and 370
3. Either MATH 451 or MATH 499
4. Complete 21 credits at the 300-400 level:
a. Select 12 MATH credits at the 300-400 level (excluding MATH 301 W, 451);
at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level (excluding 451, 490, 499);
b. Select nine credits at the 300-400 level in MATH (excluding MATH 301 W, 308, X95, X99) or
in one of the following disciplines: PHYS, CHEM, CPSC, CPEN, ECON, NEUR, BIOL, or BCHM.
Courses must be chosen in consultation with the advisor or department chair.
The Major in Mathematics - Bachelor of Science
In addition to the successful completion of the liberal learning curriculum, students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must successfully complete the following courses:
1. CPSC 150/150L;
2. PHYS 201/201L and PHYS 202/202L;
3. MATH 245, 250, 260, 360 and 370;
4. MATH 460 or 470;
5. MATH 451 or MATH 499;
6. Complete 18 MATH credits satisfying the following requirements:
a. Six credits must form a sequence, chosen from the following list of options:
1) MATH 320 and either MATH 410 or 420;
2) MATH 330 and MATH 345;
3) MATH 335 and MATH 390;
4) MATH 350 and MATH 355;
5) MATH 380 and MATH 440;
b. Select 12 MATH credits at the 300-400 level (excluding MATH 301 W, 308, 451).
The Minor in Mathematics (15 credits)
The minor in mathematics requires successful completion of MATH 250, 260 and 320, plus six additional credits in mathematics at the 300 or 400 level.
See the Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for more details.