Major Requirements

Our program allows students to study either theoretical or applied mathematics. Graduate work is recommended for those who wish to pursue mathematical research. Applied mathematics involves work in business, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, operations research, computer programming, or numerous other fields. In both areas, our majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.

Students completing the mathematics major may begin their careers or enroll in graduate programs. The greatest occupational demand is for applied mathematicians with skills in computer science, electronics design and theory, and statistics and probability. An advanced degree in math, business, or a related field will present further opportunities for advanced positions or consulting jobs. Students may also pursue advanced professional degrees in areas such as law or business. The required completion of either an independent research project or a mathematics-related internship will distinguish you from other mathematics majors seeking graduate school or job placement.

Double Majoring

The mathematics major can be combined with other majors to allow students the opportunity to graduate with a second degree. When planned early in your college career, a double major can be achieved within four years. Students interested in double majoring will need to start the calculus sequence their first semester. Unique workforce opportunities exist when students double major with fields such as biology, business, or chemistry. 

Entry into the Major

A student wishing to major in mathematics must submit a formal application to the major after completing MATH243 Multivariable Calculus. Extraordinary cases will be dealt with on an individual basis. Upon receipt of the application, students will be granted entry into the major if they have met the following requirements:

  • Achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Achieved a grade of C or better in MATH151, MATH152 and MATH243
  • Secured an advisor within the mathematics department

Core Requirements

Major Electives

Any combination of at least 15 credits:

Capstone/ Internship

Choose one of the following:

Minnesota Teaching License in Mathematics Track

Students seeking teaching licensure (5-12) are required to consult an academic advisor in both the Math and Education departments. In addition to the mathematics major requirements, students who seek state licensure for K-12 teaching of mathematics are required to take the courses listed in the mathematics major with an asterisk (*) and the following courses and to pass them with a C+ or better:

The 16 total weeks of student teaching may be divided at the discretion of the Licensure and Compliance and Clinical Field Placement Coordinators among elementary, middle, and high school placements for the mathematics internships. In addition, students must complete the following requirements:

Important requirements of all students completing Minnesota Teaching Mathematics licensure at Bethany Lutheran College:

  • Complete all standards based courses with a C+ or above.
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Pass the following Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams:
    • NES: Basic Skills Assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
    • MTLE: Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12
    • MTLE: Subject matter/content 5-12 mathematics
  • Complete the Human Relations/Diversity components
  • Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
  • Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internships and Seminar
  • Satisfactory completion of Professional Portfolio

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statute 122A.09 Subdivision 4 (c), a candidate who remains unsatisfied with a dispute regarding recommendation for licensure may appeal the decision to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.


Bethany Lutheran College Education Programs are accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).