Mathematics (BS) Program Overview

A mathematics degree gives you the ability to work around the world as engineers or actuaries. With a solid foundation in math applications and communications skills, you can serve others as a teacher or statistician. As a major, you’ll find the math degree program builds upon the basics of algebra and progresses through the rigorous study of calculus, geometry, and real analysis.

Individual Support for Independent Work

At Bluefield University, our math majors develop strong critical thinking skills that serve them outside their classes. “I enjoy watching the progression as students start to understand what the major is all about as they confront the connections between seemingly disparate areas explored within the math major,” says Dr. Lewis Buterakos. As a Bluefield student, you’ll have access to Mathematica, the world’s largest collection of algorithms for computing and visualization to support your challenging coursework. If you plan to teach, you’ll take the Praxis II exam for Math Education. We’re proud to say every Bluefield math education student has passed this exam since 2010!

Complete our information request form or take the next step by completing our online application to begin earning your math degree.


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On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (51 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
Core Requirements (51 Credits)

  • Programming Core
    • Program Design & Development
    • Visual Basic OR Visual C++
  • Mathematics Core
    • Introduction to CAS
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Calculus III
    • Elementary Linear Algebra
    • Introduction to Differential Equations
    • Introduction to Statistics OR Inferential Statistics
    • Introduction to Mathematical Proof
    • Abstract Algebra
    • Real Analysis
    • Senior Seminar
    • Academic internship in Mathematics
  • Mathematics Electives (Choose 2)
    • Introduction to Probability
    • College Geometry
    • Vector Calculus
    • Special Topics in Mathematics
    • Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Minors & Electives (24 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Statistician
Actuary
Market Research Analyst
Economist
Data Scientist

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231