Mathematics at BHSU

BHSU Mathematics and Mathematics Education Programs

Like solving puzzles and logical thinking? Consider a degree in Math
Math majors at BHSU take classes in statistics and computer programming. These are critical areas which are only becoming more important each year. Another great course is Financial Mathematics, a popular elective in which students learn about investments such as stocks, bonds, and options, from a mathematical point of view. This course also helps prepare students for the first actuarial exam, a huge advantage in internship opportunities, etc. Finally, courses in Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics will focus on writing correct proofs… But also on solving fun puzzles, such as: 
       » In a certain town, can I walk across every bridge exactly once, and end up back where I started? (Königsberg Bridge Problem)
       » How many different ways can eight rooks be placed on an 8 by 8 chessboard so that no two are attacking each other?


Why Mathematics at BHSU?

The Mathematics Program offers a rigorous environment that enhances mathematical maturity, self-confidence, and an appreciation for lifelong learning through relevant studies and research. The Program prepares students for many different careers from finance and software development to math education, as well as service courses for other disciplines that require a math component and aids in the preparation of teachers in elementary and middle school mathematics.

Math Assistance Center Tutoring available for all levels of mathematics. 

  • Small classes with knowledgeable, engaged faculty to better facilitate learning.
  • All faculty are involved in research and/or grants.
  • Research opportunities are available both in pure mathematics and mathematics education.
  • An active, award-winning math club on campus.
  • 100% employment rate of Mathematics education majors.

Degree Requirements

Mathematics 4 Year Plans


Mathematics Careers

FIND YOUR CAREER

Many of our graduates go on to teach Mathematics at the high school or middle school level, but that is not the only option! Math majors are in demand with employers from a variety of sectors:

» Banking & Finance
» Insurance Industry
» Technology

Studying math is also great preparation for law school. Math majors learn to think critically and construct valid logical arguments, just like what is needed to practice law.

Get Involved on Campus

There is an opportunity for paid work on campus as a MATH MENTOR, helping other students learn math as a tutor at the Math Assistance Center and/or working with a professor in their classroom. This is great experience for anyone who’s considering teaching math (and also a great way for math majors to improve their own math skills and understanding).

Each spring, THE MATH CLUB travels to the meeting of the Mathematical Association of America for our region, usually somewhere in Colorado. This is a great way to meet other math students and faculty in the Rocky Mountain region, and to see new and interesting research in math. Many of our students have also presented their own research at this meeting—our faculty love to work with undergraduates on research, and there’s no shortage of interesting problems!

Assist with the BLACK HILLS MATH CIRCLE, a mathematics enrichment activity for area high school students. These students visit the BHSU campus on Saturday mornings and explore topics such as the geometry of gerrymandering, the combinatorics of the card game SET, or introductory computer programming on TI calculators through interactive activities presented by BHSU faculty, students, and area educators.

Emma Thomas
CLASS OF 2017,

“The professors are great. They are more than willing to help you and work with you. They are fun and help broaden your knowledge, like through the attendance of the annual math conference and such. Also, it really helps to build a tight knit community that is more than willing to help each other out when it comes to those tricky homework problems and studying for those stressful tests!”

Anya Perkins
CLASS OF 2016,

"The math club encourages everyone to attend the math conference. A fun learning experience that sets you up for what math is like in the real world, the careers you can have, and the math lectures that broaden your mathematical brain just that much more. Also, the math center is the place to be when you feel as though a particular math problem is about to make your mind explode. When you are frustrated or confused, go there. The tutors are so friendly, personable, and understanding. The professors make math exciting and they encourage you to answer your own question with guided steps along the way which in my opinion is the best way to learn mathematics."

THE ANNUAL TEACHERS FAIR

Open to all teaching majors each spring semester, BHSU holds its annual teachers fair welcoming over 60 employers to campus to meet with students seeking job opportunities.

Minor in Mathematics - 18 hours

  • Required Core - 8 semester hours
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II

Take 10 credits from the following (3-4 classes):

  • 3 MATH 221 Discrete Mathematics
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics
  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments


Minor in Mathematics - Teaching  - 18 hours

  • Required Core - 14 semester hours
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

Take 4 credits from the following (1-2 classes):

  • 3 MATH 221 Discrete Mathematics
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics
  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments


Research Minor - Mathematics
Individualized, guided mathematical research with a faculty mentor.

Required Core - 36 semester hours

  • 3 CSC 150 Computer Science I
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics

Restricted Electives - 9 semester hours (3 courses)

  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Consider a Graduate Degree!

Many students do not consider advanced degrees because they are concerned about the cost. However, most graduate schools will offer a teaching assistantship (TA) which will pay your tuition and offer a reasonable stipend for living expenses. The dollar amounts vary from university to university. For more information contact any math faculty member. If you are interested in this route, work hard to learn as much as possible and keep your grades as high as possible.


Search for graduate programs in mathematics.

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Required Core - 42 semester hours

  • 3 CSC 150 Computer Science I
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

Restricted Electives - 6 semester hours (2 courses)

  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 Into to Person with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 26 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • EDFN 375 Methods of Technology Integration
  • EDFN 440 Classroom Managements
  • MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 450 Reading and Content Literacy
  • SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor.

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Mathematics: 4-YEAR PLANS

All Mathematics majors require a minor of your choice, which is not included in the plan, but needs to be considered. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start



* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Mathematics Teaching: 4-YEAR PLANS 

A minor is not required with this major. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start


* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Mathematics & Science Education: 4-YEAR PLANS

A minor is not required with this major. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start


* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Actuary - Solve real-world problems, involving money (sometimes billions of dollars), probabilities, and future events. Using statistics, determine how much different sectors of the population should pay for insurance and whether or not Social Security taxes should be reduced. Most actuaries work for insurance companies or consulting firms.

Imaging Scientist - Put your mathematical and computer abilities to good use. Use linear algebra and physics principles to create computer-graphics programs, such as photo-editing and retouching applications. Use your imagination and the capabilities of modern technology to create any number of fun programs for yourself or meaningful applications for work. The best part? You can work at home and choose your own hours!

Market Researcher - Determine if your company’s services best meet your customers’ needs. Design consumer satisfaction surveys, follow your company’s industry through the press and other published studies, and supply management with needed information. As a market researcher, it’s important to understand and communicate statistics to see whether your customers are being satisfied.

Economist - Assess the financial situation of a region or industry. Analyze data, observe previous trends, and use modeling techniques to predict upcoming financial changes. Most careers in economics require a strong foundation in mathematics, with a special emphasis on calculus, statistics, and probability.

Aerospace Mathematician - Want to shoot for the stars, literally? As an aerospace mathematician, you can utilize your math skills to model the different aspects of a spacecraft, to model data taken from the spacecraft, and to determine the optimal info from the data. If assisting in NASA missions is in your future, you’ll need a solid background in engineering, physics, and astronomy.

Environmental Mathematician - As an environmental mathematician, you work as a member of a team to tackle a specific environmental problem, such as predicting how much gas escapes from storage tanks based on weather conditions. This never-boring job requires both logical and quantitative thinking, and often involves traveling to interesting places. Perhaps the best part of this job, however, is being aware that you’re helping to protect Mother Earth.

Law Partner - What does math have to do with law? The approach to solving problems in both areas is much the same. In law, you start with a basic legal principle or proposition, apply the principle to the facts at hand and reach a conclusion, much as you do with a mathematical function. In cases where the conclusion is not so clear-cut, you have to consider various factors, similar to a multi-variable equation. If you enjoy the logic and problem-solving aspects of math, then a career in law may be just your thing.

Budget Analyst - Determine how money is needed by a company/organization. Use extensive algebraic formulas to calculate which sectors of the company need the most money in order to thrive. As a budget analyst, the decisions you make can largely affect the future of your company. Skills in algebra, statistics, and mathematical modeling are essential for this profession.

Computer Programmer - Design, develop, and implement business application systems by writing complex programming codes. The most important part of programming is the logic behind the code. This is where a strong background in mathematics comes into play, as it helps to analyze complicated requirements and develop clear and concise systems.

Accountant - Being an accountant involves keeping, auditing, and inspecting the financial records of individuals or businesses. Based on this information, an accountant then prepares financial and tax reports. Math plays a big part not only in totaling debits and credits, but is also used in many other ways. For example, statistical sampling techniques are used to determine the probability of errors occurring in the financial statements.

Numerical Analyst - Develop the best possible mathematical methods and algorithms to solve a certain problem. An example would be designing a satellite computer capable of withstanding the cosmic ray radiation found in outer space. As a numerical analyst, you blend mathematics, computer science, engineering, and physics in order to come up with the best solution for the task at hand.

Biostatistician - Statistics aren’t limited to math problems and sports trivia; they also have an important place in biology. In fact, statistics are vital within the medical community. For example, by using statistics and modeling techniques, you can logically connect environmental factors with certain diseases. Because biostatistics is based on using statistics to solve problems and the fact that research uncovers more problems than it solves, there is never a boring moment for a biostatistician.

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