BA/BS+MS (4+1) Program in Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the opportunity for students to complete both the BA or BS in Mathematical Sciences and the MS in either Mathematical Sciences or Statistics in a five-year period. The achievement of this goal requires that the student complete 9-10 semester graduate credits beyond what is required for the undergraduate major prior to the end of his or her fourth year.

This program is particularly appropriate for students entering with advanced standing for one or two semesters of Calculus. Up to 12 semester graduate credits can be taken while a student is still enrolled as an undergraduate.

Interested students should talk to their advisor early in their undergraduate studies to make certain they are on schedule to earn the combined degrees in five years.

Application Process

Students may apply to the 4+1 program during their junior or senior year. However, students are encouraged to apply to the program before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit, lessening the course load they will need to carry in their fifth year.

Once a completed application has been received by the Mathematical Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator, the student will be notified quickly, generally within 30 days, whether they have been accepted into the program. The program accepts a limited number of students each year, and applicants will be considered for admission on a competitive basis.

If accepted into the program, the student meets with their advisor as soon as possible to plan a course of study. After completing all requirements for the BA or BS degree, the student must complete a formal graduate application online and pay the graduate application fee to transition to graduate status.

Acceptance into the 4+1 program indicates a commitment by the Department of Mathematical Sciences to:

  • Accept the student's graduate courses completed while an undergraduate student toward the MS degree
  • Support the student's application for admission to the MS program through the graduate school

Minimum Academic Requirements for Acceptance to the 4+1 Program

  • Completion of at least 60 undergraduate semester credits
  • Completion of at least 24 of the mathematics/statistics semester credits required for the undergraduate degree.
  • Overall GPA of 3.3 and Mathematics GPA of 3.3

A Complete Application Consists of

  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Short written statements of career goals and reasons for applying to the 4+1 program
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member from the Department of Mathematical Sciences (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders)

Submit your application electronically to Professor Don French, Mathematical Sciences Graduate Program Director.

Sample Course Sequences

A total of 120 undergraduate credits is required for the undergraduate degree and 30 graduate credits for the MS degree. Thus students must complete an average of 30 credits per year. Students without advanced standing may find this goal easier if they take additional classes during the summer semester.

Below are some possible mathematics/statistics course sequences leading to both degrees, for students entering ready to take Calculus. Students entering with advanced placement in mathematics will have greater flexibility in accomplishing this goal. Some deviations from these proposed schedules are possible with the prior approval of a student's advisor. Students wishing to obtain a BS will need to take additional undergraduate mathematics credits.

BA/MS in Statistics

1st Year:

Calculus I, II (MATH 1061, 1062)

8 UG credits

2nd Year:

Multivariate Calculus (MATH 2063), Linear Alg. (MATH 2076) , Prob & Stats I (STAT 2037), ODEs (MATH 2073), Prob & Stats II (STAT 3038)

16 UG credits

3rd Year:

Appl.Stats I, II (STAT 6031, 6032), Intro Abstract Math (MATH 3001), Stats elective

12 UG credits

4th Year:

Capstone (MATH 5001 or 5002), Math Stats I (STAT 6021)
Math Stats II (STAT 6022), Appl. Linear Alg. (MATH 6012), Stats elective

6 UG Credits
9 GRAD credits

5th Year:

Linear Models (STAT 7023, 7024), Stats electives

21 GRAD credits

 

BA/MS in Mathematics

1st Year:

Calculus I, II (MATH 1061, 1062)

8 UG credits

2nd Year:

Multivariate Calculus III (MATH 2063), Linear Alg. (MATH 2076) , Prob & Stats I (STAT 2037), ODEs (MATH 2073), Intro Abstract Math (MATH 3001)

16 UG credits

3rd Year:

Intro to Analysis (MATH 3002), Math electives

12 UG credits

4th Year:

Advanced Calculus (MATH 6001), Capstone (MATH 5001 or 5002)
Abstract Linear Algebra (MATH 6003), Advanced Calculus II (MATH 6002), Math elective

7 UG Credits
10 GRAD credits

5th Year:

Two electives at the 7000 level and four more electives at the 6000 level or above.

20 GRAD credits