Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Mathematics
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Mathematics Degree Program Overview

Four year degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelors of Science (BS)

The mission of the Mathematics Program is to promote academic excellence in a Benedictine environment by offering thorough, relevant courses and programs that prepare students to function as leaders in their communities and as professionals in their chosen careers. We provide service to all University of Mary students requiring mathematics for general education or for their major, and we provide a program for students who will teach mathematics or work in careers using mathematical skills.

The Mathematics major is a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. This major is designed to prepare students for professional work or graduate study in mathematics. Depending on their previous coursework, students generally start in MAT 103, 153 or 209 unless they already have college credit for Calculus.

Mathematics Degree Program Highlights

A typical Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics consists of 124 credit hours. Math majors take a wide range of mathematics courses, providing a strong background in the field.


Math majors will be able to:

  • Exhibit analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Be able to interpret and analyze data using quantitative reasoning skills
  • Be able to use technology to aid in the solving of problems and analysis of data
  • Demonstrate a broad background in both pure and applied mathematics
  • Be competitive in securing employment requiring either an undergraduate degree in mathematics or significant quantitative reasoning skills, or gaining admittance to programs of advanced study.

Career outlook for Mathematics Majors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. They may work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data. Related fields include actuaries, computer programmers, financial analysts, market research analysts, statisticians, survey researchers, and mathematics teachers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Mathematicians). 

Required Courses:

A total of 40 semester credits in mathematics at the 200 level or higher, with at least 20 semester credits at the 300 level or higher, including MAT 209, 210, 211, 221, 312, 402, 421, 429.

Recommended courses:

Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum 2 mathematics electives and/or to consider a minor in another area of interest to strengthen the major.

Minor in Mathematics:

MAT 209, 210, 211; one elective 200 level or higher; two additional electives 300 level or higher.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Faculty: Richard Cleary, Dr. Robert Willenbring, Dr. Travis Wolf, Dr. Terry Pilling