Program Description

The Mathematics program at BSC provides the student with a solid foundation in mathematics, university physics, and probability and statistics. Instruction focuses on analysis, problem solving, and real-life application of mathematical principles. The curriculum plan addresses both theoretical and applied mathematics. Most mathematics courses require use of graphics calculators and/or computer software.


Those planning a career in mathematics must have good reasoning ability, persistence, and the ability to apply basic principles to new problems. Mathematicians should be good communicators because they often discuss problems with non-mathematicians. High school students should study as much math as possible and develop a strong background in science.

Program Requirements

Completion of the suggested mathematics curriculum leads to an Associate in Science degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with North Dakota University System universities as well as several other private and public colleges and universities to facilitate transfer for students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University allow students to earn selected bachelor’s degrees while staying on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Many mathematicians work in communications, technology, data processing, insurance, technical consulting, chemical and pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, physics, aircraft manufacturing and development, engineering, astronomy, and space exploration. They also teach in colleges and universities and do research and development in any industry.

Career possibilities: actuary, teacher, statistician, systems analyst, market research analyst, economist, financial analyst-advisor, tax administrator, computer programmer, and computer software engineer.



Michael Kern • Jack Science Center 101F

Associate in Science

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following Suggested Electives 3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Computer Science I  
Computer Science II  
Discrete Mathematics  
Introduction to Sociology  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
CSCI 122 Beginning Visual Basic (Recommended) 3
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
MATH 166 Calculus II 4
2nd Year
Electives (Required)  
MATH 265 Calculus III 4
MATH 266 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MATH 220 Probability and Statistics 3
MATH 227 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Math, Science & Technology  
PHYS 251 University Physics I (Recommended) 4
PHYS 251L University Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 252 University Physics II (Recommended) 4
PHYS 252L University Physics II Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (Recommended) 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology (Recommended) 3
 Total Credits60