Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics


A degree in mathematics is useful for those seeking careers in teaching, research, the sciences, or business and government. The traditional Mathematics major is particularly appropriate if you plan to teach or enter professional school, or if you seek an interesting major within the liberal arts. The Applied Mathematics major is suggested if you plan a career in actuarial work, industrial mathematics or statistics.

    required course work

    All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the B.S. in Math or Applied Math include:

    Calculus I, II, III, and IV (Math 155, 156, 255, and 256)

    18 units of 300- and 400-level mathematics courses

    Students are also encouraged to take Math 3101, Foundations for Higher Mathematics. This is a day school course designed to introduce students to the language and conventions of mathematical discourse. University College math majors may enroll in this course at the University College tuition rate. In addition, you should select relevant courses in the social and physical sciences to complement and augment your major.

    application requirements

    Completed application form

    The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

    Personal statement

    Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

    TOEFL scores (if applicable)

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

    Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

    $35 application fee

    You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

    This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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