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As a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. Mathematics serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, social sciences, business, education and psychology. It also plays an important role in the development of human thought. Mathematics forms the bridge whereby the student enters the realm of abstract and precise scientific thinking.

SXU offers a major in mathematics with secondary education licensure (MATH/SED) through our Education Division.

Mathematics Minor

The minor in mathematics will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.


  • A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for a minor in mathematics, with at least nine credit hours taken at Saint Xavier University. Only the following courses may be counted toward a minor in mathematics:
    • MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)
    • MATH 202: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
    • MATH 203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)
    • MATH 211: Linear Algebra (4)
    • MATH 301: Advanced Calculus (4)
    • MATH 303: Differential Equations (3)
    • MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I (3)
    • MATH 306: Probability and Statistics II (3)
    • MATH 307: Modern Geometry (3)
    • MATH 308: History of Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 309: Abstract Algebra I (3)
    • MATH 313: Partial Differential Equations (3)
    • MATH 314: Integral Equations (3)
    • MATH 315: Numerical Analysis (3)
    • MATH 321: Discrete Methods (3)
    • MATH 331: Theory of Interest (3)
    • MATH 336: Real Analysis (3)
    • MATH 360: Selected Topics in Advanced Mathematics (credit varies)
  • A grade of C or better is required in each course counting toward the minor.

Independent Study

Credit for courses in mathematics may be obtained on an independent study basis only if the following conditions are met:

  • The student has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in Mathematics.
  • The student has earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in mathematics courses.
  • The student has obtained the consent of the division director and the course instructor.


The faculty in the program is committed to the use of technology to enhance the understanding of mathematical concepts and develop mathematical skills. Computers and hand-held calculators are integrated into coursework in mathematics courses. Graduates of the MATH or MATH/SED program will be able to use mathematics software and technology, including graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and statistical software, in an appropriate and effective manner. Note: Calculators are required in all mathematics courses. Please see the course listing for the appropriate calculator.


A mathematics placement test may be required to determine placement in mathematics courses.