Mathematics Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.)

About Mathematics

Develop knowledge in pure mathematics and the natural sciences.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you'll learn with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at California University of Pennsylvania can help with your learning in all disciplines as well as open the way to many career paths.

The bachelor's degree in mathematics provides a solid background in the foundations, theory and applications of mathematics, including:

  • Training in basic statistics, calculus, multivariate calculus, logic theory, proofs, problem solving and various types of analysis (real, complex and/or numerical).
  • Software training for mathematical problem solving in industry.

Gain specialized skills for in-demand careers.

The B.A. degree program in mathematics offers an active undergraduate research group that gives participating students the chance to get published and present their work.

When paired with the concentration in statistics, B.A. in Mathematics students also can earn an SAS certificate and will be prepared to take SAS certification exams.  SAS is a recognized leader in business intelligence and analytics, and data management software and services.  

Cal U math graduates are well prepared to become future researchers in all areas of mathematics. Math graduates also can choose from a wide range of career opportunities. Here's just a sampling: accountant, auditor, banker, economist, FBI agent, industrial engineer, lawyer, securities analyst, tax administrator and technical writer.


Solid foundation: The 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in mathematics provides students with entry-level skills for a variety of vocations and professions, and preparation for graduate school.  Students develop abilities to translate workplace problems into mathematical terms to find solutions and develop new theories to address business, industrial and government problems.

Concentration: Cal U students can choose to complete the bachelor's degree in mathematics with a concentration in statistics. Specialized courses in statistics enable students to develop skills to analyze data, and model and use statistical software. Students completing this concentration earn an SAS certificate in statistical analysis.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in math can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the bachelor's degree in math program receive a well-rounded education, completing a range of courses in mathematics (from algebra and calculus to differential equations), as well as courses in chemistry or physics, and a choice of electives. Your degree prepares you for many career opportunities and for the option of pursuing a graduate degree.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 21% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Mathematicians are in demand throughout the business world. Students who study statistics also can go on for SAS certification, gaining a competitive edge in the workplace. Cal U mathematics graduates are employed in top companies such as Fed Ex and Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, and in a range of positions in Pennsylvania, including at area school districts (Carmichaels Area, Peters Township, South Eastern Greene and Stafford County), Pittsburgh Public Schools, Trinity High School and Uniontown Area High School.

Mathematics: Bachelor of Arts Degree
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Valuable Internships

Cal U makes internships a major component of a student's education. An internship is a formal, for-credit arrangement that gives you the opportunity to study and experience professional career interests outside the classroom but under Cal U's supervision. Math majors have done internships with leading employers, including U.S. Steel, PTC and Mylan.

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Math Matters

The role of mathematicians in business will become more and more important. The reason: The amount of digitally stored data will increase over the next decade as more people and companies conduct business online and use social media, smartphones and other mobile devices. Businesses rely on employees with strong math skills to analyze the large amount of information and data collected to improve their business processes, design and develop new products, and even advertise products to potential customers.

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Expert Faculty

Cal U math faculty members are practicing professionals in their fields who can share real-world knowledge and experience with students in the classroom, and contribute to the development and content of a strong curriculum. Cal U's math educators are dedicated to excellence in teaching.  Our math professors have earned their doctorates from such top schools as University of California, San Diego; University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and the University of Pittsburgh.

B.A., Mathematics - Courses

Bachelor's degree courses provide in-depth study of mathematics, as well as exploration of the natural sciences.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 272 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 281 Calculus I 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 6
Second Semester 15
MAT 282 Calculus II 3
MAT 341 Linear Algebra I 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
MAT 381 Calculus III 3
MAT 461 Statistical Analysis I 3
CHE 101 General Chemistry I OR PHY 101 College Physics I 4
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 6
Fourth Semester 16
MAT 351 Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT 382 Calculus IV 3
CHE 102 General Chemistry II OR PHY 102 College Physics II 4
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
MAT 406 Differential Equations 3
MAT Category II* 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Sixth Semester 15
MAT Category II* 3
MAT  Category III* 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
MAT 400 Mathematical Modeling 3
MAT Category I* 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Eighth Semester 12
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 12
Total 120

*MAT Categories Credits
(Choose One Course)
MAT 451 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 481 Real Analysis 3
MAT 474 Complex Analysis 3
(Choose Two Courses)
CSC 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 441 Linear Algebra II 3
MAT 462 Statical Analysis II 3
(Choose One Course)
CSC 475 Theory of Languages 3
MAT 304 History of Math 3
MAT 419 Math Internship 3
MAT 468 Field Experience in Math 3
MAT 496 Senior Research Project 3
PHY 341 Math Methods of Physics I 3


Mathematics Faculty

Dr. Mohamed Benbourenane

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Dr. Kaddour Boukaabar

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Dr. Maggie Habeeb
Associate Professor

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Dr. Olaniyi Samuel Iyiola
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Leandro Junes
Assistant Professor
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George D. Novak
Associate Professor

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Dr. Bismark Oduro
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Melissa Sovak
Associate Professor

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