Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Mathematics at IU Kokomo is centered in two broad categories: theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Theoretical mathematicians advance mathematical science by developing new principles and new relationships between existing mathematical principles. Applied mathematicians, on the other hand, use mathematics to develop theories and techniques to solve practical problems in business, industry, government, engineering, and the natural and social sciences. Applied mathematicians use computers extensively to solve complex problems and to process large amounts of data. Once you have selected between theoretical and applied math, you'll take a core of courses in your particular area of concentration. Required courses for both concentrations include Calculus I and II and Linear Algebra for Undergraduates. All math majors must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours to earn the B.A. degree—31 credit hours in the major; 75 hours in general education courses (subjects such as English, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, history, information systems, and foreign language); and the remainder in electives.
Many math majors also choose to minor in another field as a means of increasing their career flexibility and enhancing their marketability with prospective employers. Some of IU Kokomo's academic program areas that are most popular as minors for math majors are: information systems, business, education, and psychology.
Once you've completed your degree requirements, usually near the end of your senior year, you'll take a written examination covering your entire undergraduate mathematics program. Your success on this exam, coupled with an Indiana University degree, provide compelling evidence of your preparation and strong foundation of knowledge in the field of mathematics to employers.