College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Mathematics offers four degree programs. The BS and standard BA options provide students with the opportunity to study subjects ranging from algebra, analysis and geometry to probability, combinatorics and optimization. There are two additional BA options for students interested in mathematics and philosophy or interested in preparing to be secondary mathematics teachers. All four options promote abstract thinking, logical rigor, analysis and critical writing, opening the door to careers in the mathematical sciences, industry, business, finance, academia, education and more.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Curricular options: B.A. Standard, B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Teaching, B.S. Standard, B.S. Comprehensive

Topic: Computing, Natural sciences, Engineering-option

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Mathematics is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5 for Autumn, October 5 for Winter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in Math 124, Math 125 and Math 126 is required.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all mathematics courses.
  • Transfer students must submit a separate departmental application for the same quarter they submit an application to the University.
  • Find the application and additional information on the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus with Analytic Geometry III

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 273
Total from Washington community colleges: 30

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 20
3.50 – 3.74: <5
3.25 – 3.49: <5
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes