Bachelor's degree programs in Mathematics prepare students with diverse career goals by developing rigorous, logical thinking; an appreciation and familiarity with complex structures and algorithms; and the ability to learn technical material and abstract concepts. Community and junior college students seeking a bachelor's degree in Mathematics are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prior to transfer. A minimum of 60 semester credits is required for transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate Mathematics program. Since admission is competitive, completing the courses recommended below does not by itself guarantee admission.
A grade of C or better may be required for chemistry, mathematics, and engineering science courses to transfer.
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.
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Mathematics IAI Major Recommendations
Major Course Recommendations (13-19 semester credits) Mathematics Core Course | 11-14 semester credits MTH 901 - Calculus I (4-5 semester credits) - Also meets IAI GECC requirement in mathematics. MTH 902 - Calculus II (3-5 semester credits) MTH 903 - Calculus III (3-5 semester credits) Important Note: It is highly advised that students complete the entire Calculus sequence at a single institution. Course content may vary widely among institutions depending on the credits assigned to each course, and completing the sequence at a single institution is the best way to assure that neither credit nor content is lost in transfer. Choose one mathematics course from below (with Linear Algebra preferred): MTH 911 - Introduction to Linear Algebra (3-4 semester credits) MTH 912 - Differential Equations (3-4 semester credits) These courses will transfer to bachelor degree-granting colleges and universities, however students are advised to check with an advisor to determine whether they will transfer as coursework in the major or as general elective coursework.
Additional Recommended Courses 3-4 semester credits PHY 911 - Calculus-based Physics I (3-4 semester credits) CS 911 - Computer Science I (3-4 semester credits) A structured, higher-level language, computer programming course with a Calculus I prerequisite. Students intending to major in Mathematics are encouraged to take this class as an elective prior to transfer. These courses will transfer to bachelor degree-granting colleges and universities, however students are advised to check with an advisor to determine whether it will transfer as coursework in the major or as general elective coursework.
Mathematics IAI GECC Recommendations (Minimum 37 semester credits) These are the specific courses in the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) that should be taken for this emphasis.
Communication: 3 courses (9 semester credits) Select a two-course sequence in writing (6 semester credits) with a grade of "C" or better and, Select 1 course in oral communication (3 semester credits).
Mathematics: 1 course (3 semester credits) Select from IAI GECC Mathematics M1 900-1: College-level Calculus I.
PhysicalandLife Sciences: 2 courses (7-8 semester credits) Select 1 course from Physical Sciences Select 1 course from Life Sciences. Select at least 1 laboratory course. (Students with the appropriate preparation may substitute an initial course designed for science majors for a more general course.) Recommended: P2 900L: Calculus-based Physics I is strongly recommended as the appropriate course for Physical Sciences
HumanitiesandFine Arts: 3 courses (9 semester credits) Select 1 course from Humanities, Select 1 course from Fine Arts and Select 1 from either Humanities or Fine Arts. - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses (9 semester credits) Select 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines (e.g., no more than 2 courses from, for example, psychology). - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
Check the worksheet to see what courses you can take to fulfill your general education requirements The worksheet allows you to see what courses to take to fulfill the IAI Gen. Ed. package (Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum) at any participating college or university in the State. You will find it helpful to use the major recommended general education courses shown above. You may want to print or copy a hard copy of this page.