University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 17, 2024  

Mathematics (Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research Specialization), B.S.

The department offers courses leading to the degree of bachelor of science with a major in mathematics. The bachelor’s degrees have specializations in applied mathematics, discrete mathematics/operations research, statistics, or general mathematics study. The bachelor of science degree is an “expanded major”, which provides a more intense experience in mathematics, computing and science. Students planning to major in mathematics are encouraged to consult an advisor from the Mathematics and Statistics Department to design a program of study in mathematics or statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate problem solving and modeling, which includes appreciating the connections between applications and theory. This means translating a real world problem into an abstract model, applying mathematical/stochastic tools to solve the problem, and then translating the solution back to real world terms.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the nature of mathematical proofs. Learning how to make rigorous mathematical arguments.
  • demonstrate computer literacy by using technology to solve problems and make conjectures.

Contact Information

314 Davidson Mathematics and Science Center
(775) 784-6773

College of Science Academic Advisors:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (15 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .

C. Global Context Course - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements,Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research Option (53 units)

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

Students may complete any minor approved by the University, except that students may not receive credit for both a minor and a major in the same discipline. Completion of a second major or degree approved by the university satisfies this requirement.

VI. Electives (3-9 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

We assume a 21 unit minor. Students who opt to complete an 18 unit minor, must take 3 additional elective units in order to obtain 120 units total.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (14 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (13 units)


  1. MATH 485 , MATH 486 , and MATH 487  are offered on a 3-semester rotation; students can take whichever of the three courses is available in a given semester.
  2. The elective must be an approved course numbered 300-499, except for   , which is related to discrete math/operations research. Some courses from outside the MATH/ STAT Department may count. For a list of such courses, please consult a MATH/STAT advisor.