Tyler Jarvis, Chair
290 TMCB, (801) 422-2061
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Advisement Center
N-179 ESC, (801) 422-6270
1112 TMCB, (801) 422-4214
Admission to Degree Program
The degree program in the Department of Mathematics is open enrollment.
Mathematics is a means of dealing with order, pattern, and number as seen in the world around us. The abilities to compute, to think logically, and to take a reasoned approach to solving problems are highly valued in society and are characteristics of any educated person. Mathematics is not just a body of knowledge, but a process of analysis, reasoning, comparison, deduction, generalization, and problem solving.
A mathematician's stock in trade is the ability to solve problems and to explain the solutions to others. Having once determined what the right questions are, solving problems involves analyzing both concrete and abstract situations, relating them to mathematical ideas, and using mathematical techniques to work toward solutions. Explaining the solution involves pointing out what has been solved and why the solution is valid.
Majors in mathematics (BS) prepare for a wide variety of careers. Some enter graduate school or professional schools and prepare for careers in such fields as college teaching, consulting, research and development, law, medicine, and business administration. Others take positions in government agencies, industrial laboratories, information management firms, or business organizations. All of them spend much time communicating with colleagues about the problems they are solving as they continue to learn more mathematics and share mathematical ideas with others.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Undergraduate Programs and Degrees
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
Graduate Programs and Degrees
For more information see the BYU 2008–2009 Graduate Catalog.
Upon completion of five core courses (from Math 112, 113, 190, 214, 343), undergraduate majors are required to meet with an assigned faculty advisor. Students whose grade point average is less than a B in the five core courses need to realize that advanced courses require much more depth of understanding and may be difficult for them.
Students who are considering graduate work in mathematics may receive advice from the graduate coordinator.
Questions regarding placement should be directed to the Mathematics Department, 292 TMCB.