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Mathematics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The Western Carolina University Mathematics Program teaches students mathematical concepts and reasoning, problem-solving and analytical skills critical for working in science, technology, economics, business or education. Students who concentrate their studies in applied mathematics focus on learning to use mathematics to solve specific real world problems.
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Key facts:

  • Mathematics is the science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects. It deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculation and is considered the underlying language of science.
  • The B.S. degree offered by Western Carolina University prepares students for work in a variety of industries or for further study in a graduate or professional school. Our B.S. degree gives students a choice of two concentration options – Applied or Traditional Mathematics.
  • Core courses include calculus, statistical methods, discrete structures and linear algebra. Students then select courses associated with their concentration -- traditional mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematics education. Students in traditional and applied mathematics tracks complement their studies with a second major or minor in fields such as computer science, chemistry, electrical engineering, biology, economics, finance, geology or physics. A capstone course requires students comprehensively pull together what they have learned in written papers and oral presentations. Students have access to a computer lab and Mathematics Tutoring Center. They also are encouraged to conduct research and have presented at state, regional and national conferences. In addition, students work together and connect socially through Math Club and the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics Student Affiliate organization.
  • Mathematics graduates are positioned to pursue careers or graduate studies in a broad range of fields. Strong mathematical skills are essential to accounting, banking, teaching mathematics, insurance underwriting, computer programming and software design or market research. Mathematicians are sought for operations research, risk analysis and management science, a field involving helping companies or organizations solve problems and find efficiencies. They often work as part of teams with engineers, scientists and other professionals for private science and engineering research companies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that as businesses turn to mathematicians to analyze the growing volume of digital and electronic data, employment opportunities will grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Mathematics curriculum include:

  • Calculus 
  • Logic and Proof 
  • Statistical Methods I
  • Discrete Structures
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Variable Theory 
  • Ordinary Differential Equations 
  • Mathematical Modeling 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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